Do you frequently experience headaches or migraines? If you struggle with persistent discomfort, especially if your jaw also pops and clicks, then you could be experiencing the warning signs of TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. In today’s blog, your Independence, MO, dentist talks about possible solutions for your TMJ troubles.
The Causes of TMJ Disorder
The disorder develops when your temporomandibular joints are placed under extreme stress. These joints connect your jaw and skull and control the movements necessary to eat and speak. Which means when they’re strained and develop TMJ disorder, you could experience a wide array of uncomfortable symptoms and even trouble fully opening and closing your mouth! Common factors behind TMJ issues may include injury to your face or jaw, tooth loss, teeth grinding, bite imbalance, and dental misalignment.
Warning Signs and Long-Term Impacts
Warning signs could include popping or crackling in your jaw joints, soreness in the face, neck, and jaw, as well as headaches and migraines. Over a long enough timeframe, you could have trouble opening and closing your mouth as mentioned above. The stress could also lead to chronic teeth grinding, or bruxism, which wears down enamel and could even crack or chip a tooth, increasing the risk of issues like tooth decay and infection. Don’t let this disorder grow more severe and impact your health and comfort, talk to our team if you experience the warning signs we mentioned above.
We could correct misalignment with orthodontic care, easing pressure on the jaw joints. Often, placing a restoration like a crown could improve bite balance as well. A warm washcloth or compress against the side of the face could reduce tension, as could daily muscle exercises. However, the most common treatment option we recommend is an oral appliance. We design the appliance based on detailed impressions and images we take of your smile. Using these images and measurements, we design and craft a device that looks and fits much like a mouthguard. The device is worn at night and helps reposition the jaw joints, allowing you to avoid tension and uncomfortable symptoms during the day. If you have any questions about identifying and treating TMD, then please contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Treating TMD?
We want to help you enjoy better oral health and avoid persistent discomfort by treating your TMJ dysfunction and related issues like bruxism. To learn more about the benefits of general and preventive dental care, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Blue Springs, Kansas City, and all surrounding communities.