TMJ disorder, sometimes referred to as TMD, could lead to serious pain in and around your smile, and also increase the risk of complications like bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist will explain how we treat TMJ disorder with a custom-made oral appliance, one created with advanced digital scanning technology.
Jaw Pain and Headaches
The disorder places major stress on your jaw joints, which connect the jaw and skull and are responsible for the movements necessary to eat and speak. Without treatment, this issue could eventually cause problems opening and closing the mouth. Warning signs vary, but people with TMD often report chronic headaches and migraines as well as jaw and facial pain, popping or crackling sensations in the jaw, or aches in the neck and shoulders. If you begin to experience one or more of these potential warning signs, then please let us know right away.
The disorder could be caused by bite imbalance, which often occurs due to misalignment, tooth loss, or injury to the face or jaw. Chronic teeth grinding, known as bruxism, could also be a factor, as could high levels of stress in our daily life. When we examine your smile, we will use digital x-rays and other technologies to look at your jaw joints and teeth for signs of tension, wear, and stress. From there, we can address the cause of your TMD dysfunction.
Treatment with a TMJ Appliance
The most common solution is often an oral appliance, one created based on detailed digital models of your smile we craft using iTero® digital scanning. The device fits like a mouthguard and is worn as you sleep. The appliance actually repositions the jaw to ease the strain on your jaw joints, providing relief and preventing further complications. If you happen grind or clench your teeth too, the device provides a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to prevent further damage from occurring!
Often, correcting misalignment could also ease TMJ discomfort, in addition to improving overall oral health and beauty. With Invisalign® aligners or braces using ceramic brackets, we can provide esthetically-pleasing orthodontic care to correct misalignment and in the process, improve the balance of your bite. If you have any questions about treating TMJ disorder, or about correcting your misalignment as well, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT CREATING TMJ APPLIANCES?
We want to provide relief from chronic pain and help correct the balance of your bite as well. To learn more about treating common jaw joint disorders, 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.