When you have regular pain in your jaw, or chronic headaches, then you may be suffering from TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. Treatment could help ease discomfort, and also improve the overall function of your smile! in today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist talks about TMJ therapy.
The Causes of TMD
Our jaw and skull are connected by the temporomandibular joints. These control the movements we need to eat and speak. Which means when these joints undergo excess strain and TMD develops, this could mean major problems. Along with worsening symptoms and discomfort, you could have trouble fully opening and closing your mouth. This then impacts how we eat and speak! The strain could be caused by a number of factors, including missing teeth, dental misalignment, injury to the face or jaw, untreated bruxism (teeth grinding), or complications with the growth and development of the jaw and key oral structures.
Common Warning Signs
Warning signs vary, but could include soreness in the face, jaw, neck, and shoulders. Headaches and migraines are common too. You could notice a popping or clicking sensation in your mouth, and tooth sensitivity and toothaches could occur if you also grind your teeth. Don’t ignore these symptoms, let us know right away! We will carefully examine your smile with advanced digital imaging systems, such as CT scanning systems. We can then identify the cause of your TMD and assess the severity to choose the right treatment option.
For many, treatment includes treating your misalignment. Using braces or even Invisalign® aligners could help shift the teeth into proper position to ease strain on the jaw joints. To help ease symptoms, you could also avoid hard or chewy foods, chewing on objects like pens or pencils, and you could use a warm washcloth against the side of the face to ease tension.
But the most common solution is an oral appliance, one we create based on the detailed digital images we gather using the iTero® system. The images will allow us to create an oral appliance that is worn as you sleep and fits over the teeth. The device repositions the smile to ease strain and bring relief. If you have any questions about oral appliance therapy, then contact our team today to learn more.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT TMJ THERAPY?
We would like to help you enjoy better oral health and comfort. If you have any questions about our options for improving oral function and health, 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 Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.