If you have regular pain in your jaw, or headaches that pop up frequently, then you could suffer from an oral health issue associated with strained jaw joints. TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, could lead to serious discomfort. Fortunately, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist can help!
The Onset of TMJ Disorder
When the temporomandibular joints that connect the jaw and skull undergo excessive pressure, the strain could lead to problems fully closing and opening the mouth. TMJ disorder also increases the risk of teeth grinding, which potentially damages the teeth. The causes of your strain could vary, but may include tooth loss, misalignment, bite imbalance, or injury to the face or jaw. Consuming caffeinated beverages could also be a factor.
When to Seek Treatment
Warning signs of the disorder vary, but people often report popping or clicking in the jaw joints, as well as headaches and migraines. Other warning signs include soreness in the face, jaw, neck, and shoulders. If you also grind your teeth, then you may notice tooth sensitivity or toothaches as the pressure wears down enamel or even cracks and chips your teeth. Treatment is crucial for avoiding discomfort and preventing damage to your smile. If you experience one or more of these warning signs, then please contact our team today to schedule an exam.
With orthodontics, such as our clear Invisalign® aligners and braces with lifelike ceramic brackets, we can correct misalignment to ease pressure on your jaw joints. This also helps improve the beauty of your smile as well. However, for many people we may also suggest TMJ therapy, in which we use a custom-made oral appliance to improve the health and function of your smile. Our team starts by using digital iTero® scanning technology to gather images of your smile, creating a 3D model that allows us to design and oral appliance. The device fits like a mouthguard, and is worn as you sleep at night. The device repositions the jaw to ease pressure on the joints, and if you grind your teeth, places a barrier between the upper and lower sets to help prevent any further damage. If you have any questions about identifying and treating TMD, or if you would like to discuss orthodontic treatments, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Soreness in Your Jaw?
If you have pain in your jaw or frequent headaches, then you may benefit from TMD treatments. Our solutions are comfortable and minimally-invasive, providing a convenient solution to issues like TMD or bruxism. To schedule a consultation and learn more, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Springtown, Rome, and all surrounding communities.