What happens when your temporomandibular joints, which control your ability to open and close your mouth, undergo excessive strain? Often, patients can develop TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. They can then begin to experience pain and difficulty opening and closing their mouths. Fortunately, a TMJ specialist can help patients in Kansas City, MO that suffer from TMD.

The Causes of TMJ Disorder

The strain on the jaw joints can develop due to tooth loss, misalignment, injury to the face or jaw, or teeth grinding (bruxism). We will need to assess the cause and severity of the factors behind your TMD before we recommend treatment. We believe each patient deserves an individual approach to dental treatment.

Warning Signs and Treatment Options

What are the waning signs of TMJ disorder? Patients with the disorder may notice pain in the face or jaw, a popping or crackling sensation in the jaw, headaches, or toothaches and tooth sensitivity. If you notice pain or other symptoms in your jaws, then contact our team today for a thorough diagnosis. We can examine the wear and friction on your teeth and take a look at your jaw joints using advanced technology to provide an accurate diagnosis.

Often, we can treat the issue with an oral appliance. The device looks similar to a nightguard, but it will be custom-made and worn every night. The device then repositions the jaw to ease strain on the joints, helping you enjoy a more comfortable smile and avoid symptoms of TMD. We can also treat the issue with orthodontics or even a custom-made dental restoration. If you have any questions about TMD or about our oral appliances, then contact our team today. We’re ready to help you enjoy a healthier and more comfortable smile.


At Bailey Dental Care, we can help you enjoy a healthy smile, one free of TMD or bruxism. Give us a call to set up a visit for you or a member of your family. To learn more, schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.