Patients who experience persistent discomfort in the face and jaw, and struggle with a limited or painful bite movement, may need TMJ therapy to put these issues behind them. This treatment refers to work that eases tension linked to temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD. Our Mansfield, TX practice is prepared to help if you feel this condition is impacting their quality of life. In addition to relying on appliance therapy, we can provide services to take on existing oral health and alignment issues that complicate your ability to bite and chew.
What Is TMD?
Temporomandibular joint disorder—TMD—refers to a misalignment of the jaw joints. When they do not move in an even fashion, tension on the joints and the muscles can lead to different kinds of discomfort. People with this issue may find that they have a hard time with motions as simple as biting, chewing, and speaking. If these movements are stiff or uncomfortable, you should bring the matter up with your dentist.
You should know that the problems are not entirely focused on movement. The trigeminal nerve is responsible for jaw motion as well as sensation in the face, neck, and head. More frequent headaches, neck and shoulder discomfort, and facial pain can also be a warning about this condition. If your symptoms include a tendency to grind your teeth, it can lead to increased discomfort as well as enamel damage if the matter is not addressed!
Treating Persistent Jaw Pain And Sensitivity
Through TMJ therapy with an oral appliance, we can adjust the lower jaw so that you feel comfortable applying and releasing bite pressure. The guard is carefully designed to fit and make the right positional changes. It remains in place throughout the night and helps retrain your jaw to rest and move in a more comfortable manner.
At your appointment, we will perform an evaluation to confirm that TMD is something that you need to address. From there, we can capture the measurements needed for your appliance. A review will also tell us if your discomfort and poor bite movement might be linked to other oral health concerns that require care.
Looking At Different Services Capable Of Improving Your Jaw Function And Health
Through your oral health evaluation, we will determine if additional oral health difficulties need to be addressed as part of a larger plan to address TMD. If you have teeth that are in poor health or undersized, their inability to contribute to your bite can affect jaw movements in ways that cause discomfort. If the issue is with the alignment or positioning of your teeth, we can review orthodontic services that will help you make improvements that ease the tension on your joints and muscles.
Talk To Crosspointe Dental And Orthodontics About TMJ Therapy!
A meeting with your Mansfield, TX dentist to discuss ongoing worries about jaw pain, limited or uncomfortable bite movements, and even discomfort in surrounding areas of the face, neck, and head can lead to important relief. We can discuss TMJ therapy as well as any additional oral health services that might have made it hard for you to maintain a comfortable bite. If you would like to find out more about how we can take care of you, reach out to Crosspointe Dental And Orthodontics today at (817) 592-8475.