TMJ disorder means that various factors have left your jaw joints under immense strain, possibly due to misalignment or bite imbalance. Over time, major discomfort could arise, including jaw pain and headaches. To offer relief, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist can prescribe a comfortable and custom-fitted oral appliance.
The Causes of TMJ Disorder
What causes an issue like TMJ disorder to develop? The problem is related to the jaw joints. Your temporomandibular joints connect your jaw and skull, and are necessary for the actions needed to eat and speak. If these joints undergo immense strain and pressure, then TMJ disorder could develop and make even opening and closing the mouth difficult. Factors include bite imbalance, misalignment, tooth loss, untreated bruxism (teeth grinding), or injury to the face or jaw. As part of the treatment process, we will carefully examine your smile to identify the factors behind your disorder, addressing them to start you on the road to relief!
Discomfort and Long-Term Impacts
People with the disorder often report jaw pain, facial and neck aches, popping or crackling sensations in the jaw, and chronic headaches and migraines. Over time, this is linked to bruxism, or grinding or clenching. Over the long-term, the issue could alter how you open and close your mouth, and related disorders could even damage portions of your smile. You then experience further discomfort, including toothaches and tooth sensitivity.
Offering Relief with an Appliance
To offer relief, our team will suggest taking detailed impressions and measurements of your smile with digital technology. From there, we will design and craft an oral appliance that fits comfortably, like a mouthguard, and is worn as you sleep. The device will then ease the strain on your joints and prevent further discomfort. If you grind your teeth, the appliance places a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth, so you avoid damage from grinding and clenching. We also discuss orthodontic treatment, such as clear aligners or braces, to correct misalignment and ease pressure on the jaw joints.
If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat concerns like TMD, or the treatment we provide with an oral appliance or with our custom orthodontics, then contact our team today. We would love to help you and your family enjoy your best possible smiles.
Ready to Schedule a Consultation?
Our team is ready to correct the strain and imbalance behind your TMJ disorder, and offer care to address misalignment too. To learn more about how we treat TMD, bruxism, poor alignment, and other issues, 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.