When you have pain in your jaw, or a popping or crackling sensation, you could be suffering from TMJ disorder. To avoid complications with how you eat and speak, our team could provide TMJ treatment with an oral appliance. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how we ease jaw pain.
The Causes of TMJ Disorder
The disorder is one that occurs when your jaw joints undergo excessive strain and pressure. This pressure could be due to issues that upset bite balance, such as missing teeth, inquiry to the face or jaw, teeth grinding, or dental misalignment. Over time, the disorder could complicate how fully you can open and close your mouth, and lead to a host of uncomfortable symptoms.
The Uncomfortable Symptoms
People with the disorder may report pain when they eat and speak, aches in the jaw and face, or pain in the neck and shoulders. Headaches and migraines could develop, as could a popping or clicking sensation. The disorder could be caused by bruxism (teeth grinding), or lead to it, so pain in your teeth is possible as well. When you experience one or more of these potential symptoms, then contact our team right away. We can create a treatment plan to restore balance to your smile and ease joint strain, so you avoid worsening symptoms and find relief.
Treatment could involve a number of different options. For example, for some we may recommend clear aligners to shift the position of the teeth and correct misalignment. We could help improve overall balance with the placement or one or more custom dental crowns. For those with missing teeth, bridges, partial dentures, or dental implants could be used to fill the gaps and improve overall balance. But the most common solution is an oral appliance.
The appliance will be custom-made, created using the clear images and detailed measurements we take with digital scanning technology. In a lab setting, we then craft an oral appliance that looks and fits much like a simple mouthguard. Only this device actually repositions the joints to ease overall strain and bring relief. If you have any questions about how we offer TMJ treatment to ease your discomfort, or if you would like to schedule checkup and cleaning, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have a Popping Jaw?
We would like to help ease the discomfort in your smile. If you have any questions about how we treat jaw joint strain, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.