TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, could lead to orofacial pain in your head, neck, jaw, and face. This could also cause complications with how you eat too! In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about the dangers posed by TMJ disorder, and how we offer relief with oral appliance therapy.
What Do You Know About TMD?
TMJ disorder is an issue that develops when the joints that connect our jaw and skull become strained. This could impact how we open and close our mouths, and lead to major discomfort. The issue could be brought on by problems that upset the balance of the bite and strain the jaw joints. For example, an injury to the face, teeth, or jaw, or teeth grinding. Missing teeth, misalignment, and high levels of stress could eb factors as well.
Warning Signs and Complications
If you have TMD, this could lead to serious discomfort. Common warning signs include migraines and headaches, jaw pain, facial aches, and discomfort in the neck and shoulders. In addition, a popping or crackling sensation could develop in the smile, and toothaches and tooth sensitivity could develop if you also grind your teeth. As we mentioned above, this could impact how fully you open and close your mouth. You could also have persistent discomfort or develop tooth decay and dental infection if the teeth become damaged.
To begin the treatment process, our team will start with a thorough exam of the teeth and oral structures. If we see issues with the alignment and balance of the jaw or sign of wear and friction on the teeth, we will decide what the best course of treatment is. For some, this could include orthodontics to correct misalignment, prosthetics to replace missing teeth, or crowns and contouring to better improve the balance of your bite. However, the most common solution is an oral appliance.
We start by gathering detailed digital images of your smile, which we use to help design an oral appliance. The device will look like a mouthguard and is worn as you sleep. The device then repositions the jaw to ease strain on the smile and prevent uncomfortable symptoms. If you have any questions about how we treat issues like TMJ disorder, or about bruxism, then contact our team today. We would love to offer relief with a comfortable and effective treatment option.
Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA, Dentist About TMD Treatment
We’re ready to ease orofacial pain by treating your TMJ disorder and bringing relief to your smile once again. If you would like to learn more about treating jaw joint strain and chronic teeth grinding, then contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.