When you have a jaw that pops and clicks, or that aches or even experiences sharp pain, then you may have problems with strain and balance in your smile. To treat these issues and restore the smile’s health and balance, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist may recommend treatment. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at oral appliances, oral surgery, and more.
The Causes of Jaw Pain and Noise
What could cause orofacial pain such as jaw aches and noise? Often, the issue is related to disorders like TMJ disorder or bruxism. With TMJ disorder, strain on your joints has complicated how you open and close your mouth, and led to a host of uncomfortable symptoms. With bruxism, you grind and clench your teeth frequently as you sleep, placing pressure on your smile that causes discomfort and even damages the teeth. Aside from noises, you may experience headaches, pain in the face or jaw, aches in the neck or shoulders, and sensitive teeth and persistent toothaches. If you encounter one or more of these possible warning signs, please let us know right away!
Planning Your Treatment
When we see you, we will take detailed pictures of your jaw, teeth, oral structures, and more with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. The information will allow us to obtain detailed couture of your oral health, identifying signs of wear and friction and other indicators of disorders like TMJ dysfunction or bruxism. The information also helps our team choose the best solutions to stopping the popping and clicking sounds, and help restore balance to your smile once again. Every smile is different, which is why a personalized approach is always key to a more comfortable and healthier smile!
The Oral Appliance and Other Treatment Options
The most common solution is often an oral appliance, which looks and fits like a mouthguard. The device is designed to fit comfortably and be worn as you sleep, custom-fitted based on the digital images and measurements taken of your smile. When in place, the device repositions the jaw to ease pressure and stop noise, and also places a barrier between the upper and lower set of teeth, so you avoid further damage due to bruxism. We could also discuss special medications, physical therapy, and in severe cases, oral surgery to help restore balance and health. If you have any questions, then please give our team a call today.
Do You Have Questions About Treating Orofacial Pain?
When you have pain and noise in your smile, then you may need an oral appliance. If you want to learn more about treating a persistent popping or crackling sensation, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.