Did you know some estimates how up to 10 million people in the United States suffer from some form of TMJ disorder, also known as TMD? This common jaw joint disorder could lead to serious orofacial pain, and even increase the risks of major complications like bruxism. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist will explain the causes of the disorder, and how we offer relief for our patients.
The Warning Signs of TMD
How do you know if you have a disorder like TMD? Well, you may encounter pain in your jaw joints, face, or neck, as well as persistent headaches or migraines. People with the disorder also report a popping or crackling sensation in their jaw, as well as tooth sensitivity and toothaches, often due to teeth grinding brought on by the issue. If you experience one or more of these common warning signs, the contact our team to schedule a consultation and exam, so we can see if you need treatment.
Possible Causes and Complications
TMJ disorder could be brought on by injury to the face or jaw, or issues that strain jaw joints and upset bite imbalance, such as misalignment, tooth loss, or issues with the placement of a restoration or prosthetic. Stress could be a cause, as could a preexisting teeth grinding issue. Unless treated, the disorder could grow more severe with time, eventually causing problems fully opening or closing the mouth, or damaging teeth to make decay and infection more likely.
Creating a Custom Oral Splint
How do we approach treatment? To restore balance and prevent further orofacial pain, we need to reposition the jaw to ease the strain on your temporomandibular joints. To begin, we use digital scanning technology and digital x-rays to take detailed images. These images then enable us to being designing, crafting, and custom-fitting an oral splint in a dental lab setting. Once complete, the device will be worn as your sleep, fitting comfortably and at the same, moving the jaw forward slightly to help reposition the joints. The appliance also prevents further damage from bruxism by placing a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth. If you have any questions about how we approach treating issues like TMD or bruxism, or if you would like to set up a consultation and exam, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About TMD?
We want to help you enjoy better oral health and a more comfortable smile by addressing the causes of your imbalance and jaw joint strain, helping you avoid painful symptoms that impact your quality of life. To learn how our team improves the balance and function of your bite, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.