When you have chronic headaches and migraines, this could potentially be related to your smile. TMJ disorder, also referred to as TMD, could occur when the jaw joints undergo excessive strain. Our team can offer relief with an oral appliance! In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about treating your TMJ disorder.
TMD and Headaches
TMJ disorder occurs when the joints connecting your jaw and skull become strained. The disorder could lead to a number of painful symptoms, such as chronic headaches and migraines, as well as jaw and facial pain. Other symptoms include neck and shoulder pain, toothaches and tooth sensitivity, and a popping or clicking sensation in your jaw. When one or more of the symptoms occur, please let us know right away so we can conduct a detailed and accurate diagnosis. We don’t want your oral health and quality of life to suffer, so contact us soon!
Causes and Dangers
The disorder could be brought on by issues that upset bite balance, such as malocclusion, injury to the face or jaw, tooth loss, or complications with the growth and development of your jaw or the eruption of your teeth. If you grind your teeth regularly, known as bruxism, this could lead to TMJ disorder and vice versa, and grinding could actually damage teeth and lead to a higher risk of tooth decay and infection. Untreated TMD could also upset how you open and close your mouth. To protect the health and stability of your smile, you need to seek treatment with an oral appliance.
Treatment with an Oral Appliance
An oral appliance is a device that is created based on detailed digital images we take of your smile. The device will be custom-fitted for a comfortable fit and treatment with precision. Fitting like a mouthguard, this is worn as you sleep at night. The smile is repositioned to avoid pressure and strain, so you avoid symptoms. The device also puts a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth to prevent further damage to your smile. Along with an oral appliance, we can replace missing teeth with a prosthetic, such as a dental implant, or offer clear aligners to correct misalignment. A custom crown or dental bonding could be used to improve overall bite balance.
If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat issues like TMJ disorder, then contact our team today to learn more. We want you to ensure optimal oral health and a comfortable smile.
Schedule A Consultation Today!
Our team wants to help you enjoy a healthy smile free of TMD-related discomfort. To find out more ways to avoid headaches and jaw pain, call our dental office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234.