How Do You Recognize TMJ Disorder?

 

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TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, impacts millions of people in the United States, and could cause serious discomfort. To offer relief and prevent worsening pain, or complications like teeth grinding, then your Los Angeles, CA, dentist could offer treatment. In today’s blog, we’re looking at how we improve your bite’s balance and ease jaw strain.

The Causes

What causes this common disorder to develop in the first place? The issue is when the temporomandibular joints, which connect your jaw and skull, become strained. The pressure then leads to the onset of TMD and with it, a host of uncomfortable symptoms and even trouble fully opening and closing your mouth. Causes include factors that upset the balance of the bite and strain the jaw joints, such as misalignment, tooth loss, malocclusion, injury to the face or jaw, high levels of stress, or untreated teeth grinding. Identifying the causes is a major factor in choosing the most appropriate treatment option.

Warning Signs

People with the disorder often complain about a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw. Headaches and migraines are reported as well, along with aches in the face, jaw, neck, or shoulders. If you also grind your teeth, then you could experience toothaches or tooth sensitivity as the pressure wears down enamel, or cracks or chips a tooth.

Complications

Lack of treatment is linked to worsening pain, as well as an increased risk of bruxism. Teeth grinding alone means you’re more likely to develop painful cavities and infections that could compromise the health and stability of your smile.

Treatment Options

When we examine your smile with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, we will be able to assess the cause and severity of your TMD, and select the most appropriate treatment option. For some, this could include physical therapy or the use of certain medications. For others, we will employ an oral appliance. We craft the device based on detailed digital images and measurements we take with intraoral; camera technology. We combine these to create a digital impression, one allowing us to design and craft the appliance. The device is worn like a mouthguard as you sleep, and moves the jaw to ease strain and help you avoid symptoms. If you grind your teeth, this also prevents further damage by putting a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth.

If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat issues like TMD or bruxism, or if you would like to schedule a visit and use your 2021 dental benefits before they expire, give us a call today.

Do You Have Questions About TMD?

We would like to help bring relief with our custom oral appliance therapy. If you want to learn about improving the balance of your smile, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.