TMJ disorder, also referred to as TMD in some cases, could lead to major oral health problems and discomfort. To bring relief and prevent further complications, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist could provide treatment for TMJ disorder, including the use of a comfortable and noninvasive oral appliance system.
The Causes and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Our jaw is connected to the skull by the temporomandibular joints, which control the actions necessary to eat and speak. However, when these same joints undergo stress and strain, this could cause a disorder known as TMD. Unless treated, TMJ disorder eventually causes trouble fully opening and closing your mouth. Causes of the strain include factors that upset bite balance, such as tooth loss, injury to the face or jaw, damaged teeth, and misalignment. You may experience popping or clicking in your smile, or possible headaches and migraines. Other people suffer from jaw, face, and neck pain, as well as aches in the shoulders. Tooth sensitivity and toothaches could occur too.
Links to Bruxism and Orofacial Pain
The factors behind TMJ disorder could also increase the risk of bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding. The same is true in reverse. Teeth grinding causes discomfort, but also damages teeth and increases the risk of tooth decay and infection, causing trouble for the stability of your smile. As we mentioned above, the disorder could lead to pain throughout the face and neck, known as orofacial discomfort. To avoid further pain and prevent complications for your overall oral health, you need to seek treatment.
Creating a Custom Oral Appliance
We could discuss surgery, physical therapy, and certain medications to alleviate pain, but for a non-surgical treatment option we may suggest an oral appliance. To begin, we need to gather a series of detailed digital images of your entire smile, which we use to plan your treatment. Combining the images into a 3D model allows our team to design and fabricate an oral appliance, one that looks and fits much like a mouthguard. The device then repositions the jaw to ease strain on the joints and alleviate discomfort. For teeth grinding, the device also places a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth, a barrier that helps prevent further damage to your smile.
If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat issues like TMD or bruxism, or if you have been experiencing symptoms lately, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Treating TMD?
We want to help correct the factors behind the strained jaw joints and TMJ-related symptoms. If you want to learn more about how to improve the balance and comfort of your smile, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.