Don’t Let TMJ Disorder Cause Discomfort

fort worth tmj disorderIf you have persistent pain in your jaw and head, this could potentially indicate the presence of TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. The disorder could cause worsening pain and even lead to associated disorders and damaged teeth. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist talks about how we can offer treatment for TMJ disorder.

The Dangers and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

TMJ disorder is an oral health issue that develops when the jaw joints, the ones that connect your head and skull, undergo excessive strain. This strain could be brought on by changes to your bite balance, such as tooth loss, injury to the face or jaw, bruxism (teeth grinding), and misalignment. As the disorder develops, this could cause headaches, migraines, jaw pain, facial aches, and discomfort in the neck and shoulders. Without treatment, this could eventually make opening and closing your mouth fully a difficult process, which impacts your daily life in a variety of negative ways.

Causes and Links to Bruxism

The disorder could also increase the risk of bruxism, the term for chronic teeth grinding. Bruxism could not only wear down your teeth, but also crack and chip them. Once the outer enamel has been compromised by injury, to teeth will be more likely to develop tooth decay and infection. Your symptoms, such as pain in the head, face, and neck, could also increase in severity as well!

Custom Oral Appliance

How do we treat this disorder? For some, this could be done with orthodontics, such as braces or aligners, to shift the teeth and correct misalignment. However, for others we could offer relief with an oral appliance. We use the iTero® system to create detailed digital images of your smile, which allow us to design and craft the appliance with precision and accuracy. The completed oral appliance is worn at night as you sleep, and helps reposition the jaw to ease strain on your smile and allow you to avoid painful symptoms. This can also help prevent bruxism-related damage by putting a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth.

If you have any questions about how we treat misalignment, or about our approach to cosmetic orthodontics like tooth-colored braces and Invisalign® aligners, then contact our team today to learn more.

We Want to Offer TMJ Relief

We want to help you avoid painful aches in your jaw, face, and head with custom treatment options to bring relief. If you have any questions about addressing issues with jaw joint strain, or about correcting dental misalignment, or if you would like to schedule an appointment soon, please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Springtown, Rome, and all surrounding communities.