TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, could lead to serious trouble for your smile, from discomfort to complications like bruxism (teeth grinding). This could be due to strain on your jaw, often caused by dental misalignment. But we can help! At our orthodontic office in Mansfield, TX, our team is ready to offer custom appliances and orthodontics to address your TMJ dysfunction.
The Causes and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
The joints that connect our jaw and skull are known as temporomandibular joints. These are necessary for the actions needed to eat and speak. When these same joints undergo excess stress, a disorder known as TMD could develop, which impacts how we open and close our mouth. The disorder could cause uncomfortable symptoms and increase the risk of associated disorders like bruxism, also known as chronic teeth grinding. Cuse include tooth loss, misalignment, injury to the jaw or face, untreated bruxism, poor bite balance due to the growth of the jaw, wisdom tooth eruption, and more.
The symptoms you should be aware of include:
- Clicking or popping in the jaw
- Headaches or migraines
- Earaches and jaw pain
- Facial aches
- Tooth sensitivity and toothaches
Treatment with an Oral Appliance
When these symptoms arise, please let us know right away. Our team will conduct a detailed examination to assess the cause and severity of your TMJ dysfunction, so we can plan the appropriate treatment. For some, we offer relief with an appliance that is custom-fitted for your smile. The device will look like a mouthguard, and is worn as you sleep. While in place, this device will gently reposition the jaw to ease stress and strain, so you avoid painful symptoms and complications. The device is easy to use and clean, and can travel with you where you go!
Sometimes, the strain is related to malocclusion brought on by crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth. The solution could include correcting your misalignment with orthodontics, such as braces or even custom aligners. These options can improve the overall beauty of your smile, so you enjoy better oral health and results that make you feel proud. If you have any questions about how our team will diagnose and treat issues like TMJ disorder, or if you have an even smile you want to see addressed, then contact our team today. 2024 is the perfect time to make big changes for your oral health, and that starts with a simple consultation with our team members.
Schedule a Visit with Your Crosspointe Dental & Orthodontics Team In Mansfield, TX
Our team wants to protect you from the complications of issues like TMD. To find out more about improving bite balance and easing smile strain, then give us a call at Crosspointe Dental & Orthodontics in Mansfield, TX at (817) 592-8475 today!