Why Do I Have Trouble Opening And Closing My Mouth?

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Do you ever experience difficulty opening and closing your mouth? If so, this discomfort could be related to a serious oral health issue, such as TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. The discomfort could also be related to a chronic disorder like bruxism as well. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist will explain how we treat this discomfort.

Symptoms You Should Be Aware Of

The jaw joints that control the movements needed to eat and speak are known as temporomandibular joints. When these joints undergo excessive amounts of strain and pressure, the results could be complications like TMJ disorder, bruxism, or possible both, which leads to serious orofacial pain. You could develop trouble opening and closing your mouth, as well as discomfort when you chew. Facial aches, jaw pain, and aches in the neck and shoulders are common, as are headaches and migraines. You may also encounter a popping or crackling sensation in your jaw as well.

TMJ Disorder and Bruxism

TMJ disorder could be caused by changes to the smile that impact bite balance, such as tooth loss, injury to the face or jaw, damaged teeth, misalignment, or untreated bruxism. Likewise, bruxism, in which we grind and clench our teeth at night, could strain the joints, in addition to damaging teeth and increasing the risk of complications like tooth decay or dental infection, as well as painful aches and sensitivity in your smile. These disorders are common, impacting millions of people in the United States and causing pain through the head and neck, including difficulties opening and closing your mouth.

Possible Solutions

To treat the issue, we start by carefully examining your smile with advanced digital imaging technology, which enables us to identify signs of wears and friction, and help find the causes of your discomfort. From there, we will take images and use them to create a 3D impression, which enables us to design and custom-fit an oral appliance. The completed device will then fit like a mouthguard and be worn as you sleep. The device corrects the position of your smile to ease pressure and reduce painful symptoms, helping you avoid discomfort and worsening complications. If you have any questions about how eat orofacial pain and correct the factors behind issues like TMJ disorder and teeth grinding, then contact our team today. We’re ready to help you enjoy optimal oral health and better comfort in 2021.

Ready to Restore Comfort to Your Smile?

Our team is ready to diagnose and treat the factors behind your discomfort, such as TMJ disorder or bruxism. To learn how we treat a chronic issue causing orofacial pain with a custom oral appliance, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.