If you have trouble posing and closing your mouth, or if you have frequent pain in your jaw and face, then this could be related to jaw joint disorders like TMD or bruxism (teeth grinding). In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about tips for easing your pain, and how we can treat these concerns with a custom oral appliance.
TMJ Disorder and Bruxism
When your smile becomes imbalanced, this could strain your jaw joints, The imbalance could be the result of injury to your face or jaw, or issues like malocclusion, tooth loss, misalignment, or even high levels of stress in your daily life. Complications with the growth and development of your smile and oral structures could factor in as well. The strain could cause TMJ disorder, which forms in the jaw joints and could cause trouble opening and closing your mouth. You could also develop a related disorder known as bruxism, in which you grind or clench your teeth regularly. These issues place pressure on your smile, and complicate eating and speaking.
Both of these diodes could mean headaches and migraines as well as jaw and facial pain. Aches in the neck and shoulders are often reported, as is a popping or clicking sensation in your jaw. Without care, the pressure from bruxism could wear down tooth structure or even crack or chip parts of your smile, leading to esthetic issues and an increased risk of tooth decay and infection. To ease pain, you can apply a warm compress or washcloth to the side of your face. Try to avoid hard or chewy foods and sneaks, as the action needed to consume them could exacerbate symptoms. Avoid caffeine too, and you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
While the tips above can help limit discomfort, to stop it you need to undergo treatment. With advanced digital technology, our team will take clear and detailed images of your smile to assess the cause and extent of your disorder. We will then create a customized treatment plan. For many, this means creating an oral appliance that will look and function like a mouthguard. Worn as you sleep, this device will help adjust your bite and relieve tension and pressure on your jaw joints. A barrier is also placed between your upper and lower sets of teeth, preventing further damage from grinding or clenching. If you have any questions, give us a call today.
Do You Have Questions About Treating Orofacial Pain?
Our team can offer relief for common disorders like TMD or teeth grinding. If you want to learn more about how we treat orofacial pain, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.