Do you experience frequent headaches, or a popping or clicking in your jaw? If so, this could be the result of TMJ disorder, which develops when your jaw joints become strained. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist will look at how we use TMJ therapy to offer a comfortable and effective treatment, so you avoid painful symptoms!
The Causes of TMJ Disorder
How does this disorder actually occur? First, let’s talk about the joints that make eating and speaking possible. The temporomandibular joints connect our jaw and skull, and TMD could happen once these joints undergo excessive strain. The factors could vary, and include losing natural teeth, developing an imbalanced bite, having uneven teeth, or sustaining an injury to the face or jaw. You could also suffer from bruxism, which cases you to grind your teeth or clench your jaw on a regular basis.
Symptoms and Complications
People with this disorder could experience frequent headaches or migraines, as well as pain in the jaw, face, shoulders, and neck. Over time, there could be difficulty fully opening and closing the mouth. If you also grind your teeth, the pressure on your teeth could wear away portions of enamel, or even chip or crack your teeth. The damage could then cause tooth decay or dental infection, symptoms of which include tooth sensitivity and toothaches.
First, if you experience one or more of the symptoms we mentioned above, talk to us about a consultation. We will examine your smile using digital technology, which gives us a detailed view of your teeth, roots, oral structures, and jaw joints. This view enables us to make a more accurate diagnosis, and pick the most appropriate treatment option. If the cause is misalignment, then we may need to correct the issue with a series of clear Invisalign® aligners, or less-visible braces that employ tooth-colored ceramic brackets. Some benefit from a TMJ appliance, which is a device that looks and fits like a mouthguard. The appliance fits snugly over the teeth and is worn as you sleep. The device then repositions the jaw to ease strain and prevent uncomfortable symptoms. If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating issues like TMJ disorder, or about our cosmetic approach to correcting misalignment, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy an even, healthy, and comfortable smile!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT TMD TREATMENT?
We want to help restore comfort and balance to your smile, whether you need orthodontics or an oral appliance. To learn more about our approach to treating TMJ disorder, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.