TMJ disorder, sometimes referred to as TMD, often occurs as a result of misalignment. Unless treated, this disorder could lead to serious discomfort in and around the face and jaw. Fortunately, we have TMJ therapy to help our patients in Fort Worth, TX, and surrounding communities. In today’s blog, we’re looking at how we diagnose and treat TMJ issues.
The Causes of TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder may develop when the temporomandibular joints, which connect your jaw and skull, become too strained. Causes of the strain could vary, but may include tooth loss, dental injury, dental misalignment, bite imbalance, or untreated bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). As your TMD worsens, you could experience trouble eating or speaking! Which is why we recommend treatment as soon as you notice the symptoms below.
One of the most common warning sign is persistent orofacial pain, including headaches, migraines, facial pain, or aches in the jaw, neck, and shoulders. You may also experience a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw, and if you grind and clench your teeth, regular tooth sensitivity and toothaches. If you encounter these common symptoms, then please let us know. Our team will use advanced technology to carefully examine your smile for signs of wear and friction on the teeth, and identify possible causes of strain on the jaw joints. If we find warning signs of the TMD, we can discuss the most appropriate treatment options!
Treatment with an Oral Appliance
Using iTero® digital scanning technology, our team will take detailed digital images and use them to create a 3D impression. Using the impressions, we will design and create an oral appliance that fits much like a mouthguard, and is worn as you sleep at night. The device will help reposition the jaw joints to ease pressure, and provide relief for TMD-related symptoms. The device also helps those with teeth grinding issues, preventing further damage by placing a strong barrier between your upper and lower teeth. We could also help correct the disorder with orthodontist. Such as braces or aligners, which restore bite balance and ease jaw joint pressure by repositioning the teeth. If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating TMJ disorder and bruxism, or about any of our oral appliance treatments and orthodontic systems, then contact our team today.
We’re Here to Stop Your TMD Pain
We want to help people suffering from TMJ-related complications with custom and comfortable treatment. You then avoid uncomfortable symptoms, and enjoy improved oral health too. To learn more about our solutions for orofacial pain or to schedule an appointment for treatment, 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.