When the jaw joints become strained, this pressure could lead to a serious disorder. TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, could mean pain in your head, jaw, and more. Fortunately, your Cleveland, TX, dentist can help treat the issue with a comfortable and custom-made oral appliance!
The Causes of TMD
Connecting our jaw and skull are temporomandibular joints. These control the actions needed to eat and speak. When they become stressed and strained, this could lead to the TMJ disorder. Possible causes could include untreated bruxism (teeth grinding), high stress levels, and factors that upset bite balance. These could include misalignment, tooth loss, injury, wisdom tooth impaction, or even complications with the growth and development of your jaw and certain oral structures. As part of your treatment, we will need to assess the cause and extent of your TMD dysfunction.
The Symptoms and Complications
Warning signs include headaches and migraines, jaw and facial pain, and aches in your neck or shoulders. You could also experience a popping or crackling sensation in your jaw, or tooth sensitivity and toothaches if you happen to grind or clench your teeth too. Without treatment, the disorder could cause worsening pain and even trouble fully opening and closing your mouth. When you experience these symptoms, please let us know. Our team will carefully examine your smile and select the most appropriate treatment options to bring relief.
For some, treatment means orthodontic options like braces or Invisalign® to correct alignment issues and improve bite balance. We could also help boost balance and chewing function with crowns or even boding/contouring. Replacing missing teeth with a lifelike prosthetic helps as well. But the most common solution is an oral appliance. The device looks and functions like a mouthguard, and is worn as you sleep at night. The appliance will be custom-made to fit comfortably and helps shift your jaw to ease strain and discomfort, so you can avoid painful symptoms and complications eating and speaking.
If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat issues like TMJ disorder, or if you would like to schedule a checkup and cleaning visit for you or a member of your family, then contact our team today. We look forward to helping you and yours enjoy optimal oral health and beauty smiles for years to come!
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Treating Joint Strain
We’re ready to help you avoid the painful symptoms and strain of TMJ disorder. For more information on helping you enjoy a comfortable and healthy smile, contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234. Good oral health is always possible, even if years have elapsed since you last visited the dentist.