When people suffer from frequent headaches, they may not realize the cause could be related to their smile. Jaw joint strain due to misalignment and other factors could lead to head pain as the patient develops TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist looks at how we solve this problem with TMJ therapy.
The Link Between TMD and Migraines
When a patient develops TMJ disorder, this could cause problems with the bite, even difficulties fully opening and closing the mouth. In addition, painful symptoms and complications could arise. For example, patients may notice headaches and migraines, as well as pain in the face, jaw, neck, and shoulders. The disorder could also increase the risk of teeth grinding, leading to increased pain and a higher likelihood of damaged teeth, as the pressure chips, cracks, and wears away enamel and outer structure.
The Causes of TMJ Disorder
The disorder could be caused by a number of factors, including tooth loss, teeth grinding (bruxism), dental misalignment, bite imbalance, stress, and injury to the face or jaw. In addition to the symptoms we discussed above, you may also experience a popping or clicking in your jaw. If you this is a commonplace occurrence, then let us know right away. Using advanced digital technology, our team can carefully examine your smile to assess the cause and severity of your TMD, and discuss possible solutions.
For some, we may correct misalignment. Using retainers, clear Invisalign® aligners, or even braces with tooth-colored brackets, we can correct the position of the teeth to improve smile beauty and relieve your jaw joints of unnecessary pressures. However, the most common solution is usually an oral appliance. The oral splint will be created based on detailed digital impressions taken with the iTero® scanning system. We then design and craft a device that looks and fits like a nightguard. When worn at night, the splint will help reposition the jaw to ease pressure. If you also grind your teeth, the appliance helps prevent further damage by placing a strong barrier between your upper and lower sets of teeth. If you have any questions about treating issues like TMD, or if you have crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth you want to see addressed, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Headaches or Jaw Pain?
Often, correcting misalignment and bite balance does more than just improve your appearance, you can avoid discomfort too. To learn more about our TMD 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.