When you have strain on your jaw joints and an imbalance bite, this could lead to TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. Without treatment, this could be linked to orofacial pain, such as headaches and jaw pain. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about treating this disorder and bringing relief.
The Factors Behind TMJ Disorder
The temporomandibular joints connect our jaw and skull. We need them to eat and speak, and these control the actions that make these possible. However, when factors place stress on these joints, this could lead to TMJ disorder. Examples include malocclusion, tooth loss, dental misalignment, injury to the face or jaw, or untreated bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). Basically, anything that upsets overall bite balance could be a factor in the onset of this disorder.
Warning Signs and Complications
How do you know if you need treatment for TMD? Warning signs vary, but could include headaches and migraines, jaw and facial pain, or even aches in the neck and shoulders. You may also experience a popping or crackling sensation in the jaw joints. Without treatment, pain could worsen and you could have trouble fully opening and closing your mouth. If your disorder developed due to bruxism, or if your TMD causes bruxism, the chronic grinding and clenching could wear down and damage your teeth. Damaged smiles mean a greater risk of discomfort and tooth decay!
Treating Your TMD
When you experience the warning signs we discussed above, schedule an appointment with our team. We will carefully examine your smile with advanced digital imaging systems, looking for signs or wear and friction, and assessing the balance of your bite. If we find you need treatment, we could discuss medication, physical therapy, or for most, an oral appliance. The appliance will be crafted based on the digital images we took of your smile, custom-made to ensure a proper and comfortable fit, and treatment with precision and accuracy. The oral appliance is worn as you sleep and fits like a mouthguard. Once in place, the device will gently reposition the jaw to ease strain and bring relief. If you have any questions about how we treat issues like these, then contact our team today. We look forward to bringing relief and better oral health!
Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA Dentist About TMD Solutions
We want to help you avoid discomfort caused by an issue like TMJ disorder. We also offer care for other sources of orofacial pain, such as bruxism or tooth loss. If you would like to learn more about correcting the balance of your smile, treating periodontal issues, or even replacing missing teeth with dental implants, contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.