Orofacial pain refers to chronic discomfort in your face, jaw, and head, which could be brought on by bite imbalance and issues that strain your jaw joints. You don’t have to live with the pain and the complications of disorders like TMD or bruxism. Instead, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist can offer relief with oral appliance therapy.
These symptoms could include frequent headaches or migraines with no discernible cause, or pain in the jaw and face. Aches in the neck and shoulders could develop as well. People with the disorders we’ll discuss in the next section could also experience a persistent popping or cracking sensation in the jaw, and tooth sensitivity and toothaches as the outer enamel is worn down or a tooth itself is cracked or chipped. When you have aches and pains in and around your head, face, and jaw, please let us know right away so we can perform a diagnosis and find the cause!
Some of this could be caused by TMJ disorder, a disorder in which the jaw joints are strained by changes to bite balance. Over time, this could make fully opening and closing the mouth difficult. This could be caused by, or eventually lead to, bruxism. With bruxism, people grind and clench their teeth regularly at night, which wears down structure and causes teeth to become damaged or appear short, and to be vulnerable to tooth decay and infection. Common factors behind these two disorders include tooth loss, malocclusion, injury to the face, misalignment, or high levels of stress.
We will first begin with an exam, one that utilizes advanced digital technology. We can then pinpoint the causes and assess the severity of the disorder. Treatment options vary, and could include physical therapy to relieve tension, medication to manage discomfort, and even cognitive behavioral therapy. But the most common solution is with an oral appliance. This device will look and fit much like a mouthguard, and is worn as you sleep at night. The device will gently reposition the jaw to prevent TMJ-related symptoms and acts as a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth to prevent further damage to the smile. You then enjoy a comfortable and minimally noninvasive solution.
If you have any questions about how we treat these issues, or if you would like to schedule a visit, then please contact our team today to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you smile with comfort and confidence!
Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA, Dentist About Treating Orofacial Pain
We want to help bring relief to your smile with custom treatment options. If you would like to learn more about improving oral health, then contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.