TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, could lead to a wide array of uncomfortable symptoms, with painful symptoms in and around your head, ears, face, and jaw. Fortunately, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist can treat the issue with TMJ Therapy. In today’s blog, we’re looking at how we help control TMJ dysfunction with custom-made and comfortable oral appliances.
Do I Have TMJ Issues?
The jaw joints that connect to our skull, known as the temporomandibular joints, control the movements needed to eat and speak. However, when these joints undergo excessive strain, this could mean the person develops TMD. The disorder eventually makes opening and closing your mouth difficult, and leads to uncomfortable symptoms, like jaw pain, facial discomfort, aches in the neck and shoulders, headaches and migraines, and a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw. The pressure could also cause bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, and lead to tooth sensitivity, toothaches, and even cracked or chipped teeth. If you experience one or more of the symptoms above, then please contact our team today to learn more about possible treatment options!
Creating Your Oral Appliance
Often, we treat the issue with an oral appliance, a device that looks and fits like a mouthguard. To create it, we use the iTero® digital scanning system to take detailed images of your smile, which allows us to design and fabricate the appliance and ensure treatment with precision and accuracy. The device is worn like a mouthguard when you sleep, and helps reposition the jaw to ease pressure and prevent further symptoms. The device will fit comfortably and help you enjoy better oral health, and reduce the risk of serious oral health complications!
Other Treatment Options and Changes to Your Daily Routine
We could also address the issue with orthodontics, such as braces or aligners, as addressing misalignment could help ease pressure on the jaw joints. You could also help reduce symptoms by avoiding hard or chewy foods, as the actions need to consume them place pressure on the jaw joints. Also, try to avoid chewing on objects, like pens or pencils, and cut back on caffeinated beverages too. If you have any questions about addressing TMJ concerns, then contact our team today. We’re open and ready to help you enjoy optimal oral health!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT TMJ THERAPY?
With a custom oral appliance, our team can treat the causes of painful symptoms. We also have orthodontics that are barely noticeable during the course of treatment, such as clear Invisalign® aligners and braces with tooth-colored ceramic brackets. To learn more about treating jaw joint stain, 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.