Have you ever heard of TMJ disorder? A common jaw joint issue, TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, could cause everything from headaches to a popping sensation in the jaw. Your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist could provide a solution with a custom-made and comfortable oral appliance.
The Dangers of TMJ Disorder
The temporomandibular joints connect the jaw and skull, controlling the actions necessary to eat and speak. When these joints undergo excessive pressure, then TMJ disorder could form. Over time, this could lead to trouble fully opening and closing the mouth. The disorder could also lead to the onset of bruxism. With bruxism, people grind and clench their teeth nightly, which places pressure on the smile and causes damage, such a chipped, cracked, or worn-down teeth.
Warning Signs and Treatment Options
The disorder could be caused by tooth loss, bite imbalance, misalignment, teeth grinding, stress, or injury to the face or jaw. The warning signs include a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw, regular headaches and migraines, and neck and shoulder aches. If you also happen to grind your teeth then you could also experience toothaches and tooth sensitivity. In order to treat the issue, we may correct misalignment with orthodontics, such as braces or clear aligners. However, creating an oral appliance is a common solution as well.
Creating Your Appliance with iTero®
We start by using the iTero® system to create a series of detailed digital images of your teeth and jaw. We combine these images to make a 3D model. Using the model, we can craft a set of appliances that look and fit like a mouthguard. The device actually repositions the jaw to ease the pressure and relieve uncomfortable symptoms. You wear it at night as you sleep. If you grind your teeth, the device also places a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth to prevent further damage to them. We can also suggest avoiding caffeinated products and hard and chewy foods. Holding a warm compress or washcloth against the side of the face and performing daily muscles exercise to ease tension could be beneficial. If you have any questions about identifying and treating TMJ disorder, or about our solutions for misalignment, then please contact our team today. Now is a great time to tackle your smile issues and let 2020 be the year you obtain an even and stunning new smile.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT TMJ Therapy?
Our team is ready to help ease your headaches and jaw pain with oral appliance therapy. To schedule your consultation and learn more about our solutions for TMD, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Haslet, Azle, and all surrounding communities.