Do you ever experience pain in your jaw, or persistent headaches with no obvious cause? If so, then you could be suffering from the warning signs of a serious jaw joint disorder known as TMD, or TMJ disorder. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist explains how we identify and treat this common oral health issue, often with a simple oral appliance!
The Dangers of TMJ Disorder
The temporomandibular joints connect your jaw and skull. We need them to control the movements necessary to eat and speak. However, if these joints undergo excessive strain, then this pressure could lead to the onset of TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. Common factors behind the pressure could include tooth loss, bite imbalance, dental misalignment, bruxism (teeth grinding), and injury to the face or jaw. Without treatment, this could eventually lead to trouble fully opening and closing your mouth. You could also experience a wide array of uncomfortable symptoms, which will grow more severe until the issue is finally treated!
Warning Signs of TMD
How do you know if you may need treatment? Warning signs may include headaches and migraines, soreness in the jaw and face, a popping or crackling sensation in your jaw joints, or aches in the neck and shoulders. If you begin to experience one or more of these common warning signs, then please contact our team today for treatment. We will examine your smile and look for the wear and friction on the teeth and other warning signs of TMD difficulties.
Treatment could vary. For some, orthodontics like aligners or braces could be used to correct misalignment and ease pressure on your jaw joints. However, we often address the issue with an oral appliance. We start by taking detailed digital impressions of your smile with advanced scanning technology. Next, we use the impression to create an oral appliance that fits and looks much like a mouthguard. Patients wear the device at night as they sleep, and it repositions the jaw to ease pressure o the joints. You then avoid uncomfortable symptoms. If you also grind your teeth, then we can also prevent further damage as the appliance acts a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth. If you have any questions about treating TMJ related discomfort, then please contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT TREATING TMD?
With a custom and comfortable oral appliance, we’re ready to help tackle your TMJ troubles and ensure you enjoy a healthier smile without the uncomfortable symptoms of TMD. To learn more about our custom treatment options, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Fort Worth, and all surrounding communities.