When your bite becomes imbalanced, or the jaw joints become strained, this could cause serious complications like TMJ disorder or bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). These disorders then cause major discomfort and even complicate eating and speaking. To bring relief and prevent worsening pain, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist could offer an array of treatment options.
One common complication is TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. This impacts the joints that connect your jaw and skull, the ones necessary to eat and speak. Caused by factors that imbalance the bite and strain the jaw, like missing teeth, misalignment, injury, or even complications with the development of your smile, they could cause problems opening and closing your mouth, and lead to orofacial pain, such as headaches, migraines, jaw pain, facial aches, and popping/cracking in the smile.
Bruxism, in which you grind your teeth or clench them during the night, could lead to headaches, migraines, ear and jaw pain, facial aches, and more. Over time, the pressure could wear down enamel, making teeth appear short, and could crack or chip them. This then increases the risk of issues like tooth decay and infection, endangering the stability of your smile.
Other issues, such as chewing dysfunction, osteoarthritis, facial trauma, and Trigeminal Neuropathy, could also cause painful symptoms in and around the face, and complicate how you eat and speak. Instead of suffering from pain and serious complications, including ones that could lead to eventual tooth loss, you should contact our team. We will use the latest in digital x-ray and intraoral camera imaging to gather detailed pictures of your smile as a whole, so we can diagnose the source of your discomfort with accuracy and precision. We then select the most effective treatment option!
Possible Treatment Options
For some, we could manage the issue with medication, or even cognitive behavioral therapy and physical therapy. However, we often find that an oral appliance, a simple and noninvasive solution, could bring relief without complicating how you sleep. The device will be based on detailed digital images we take of your smile, and then combine them to create a 3D computer model. The model enables us to design and craft the appliance, which is worn as you sleep. The device fits comfortably, much like a mouthguard, and shifts the jaw to ease pressure and tension, and alleviate symptoms. If you have any questions about how we manage the causes of your orofacial pain with oral appliance therapy, or about any of our other treatment options, then contact our team today to learn more.
Your Los Angeles, CA, Dentist Offers Comfortable Treatment
Our team wants to help you avoid the pain and complications of issues like TMD. If you would like to learn more about the treatment options we provide, then contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.