Do you frequently experience pain in your jaw, such as popping or clicking? Do you have headaches that occur regularly? If so, then this may be related to your oral health. Seeing your Smithville, MO, TMJ specialist can help you enjoy a healthier smile, and fewer uncomfortable symptoms. In today’s blog, we’re looking at the causes of TMJ disorder (also known as TMD) and how we can treat the issue.

How Does TMJ Disorder Develop?

Our temporomandibular joints connect our jaw and skull. We need this joint in order to eat and speak, so when the temporomandibular joints become strained, this could cause trouble opening and closing the mouth. TMJ disorder occurs when the joints undergo excessive strain, often as a result of tooth loss, misalignment, bite imbalance, teeth grinding, or even injury to the face or jaw.

What are The Warning Signs?

People often report an aching jaw, or even a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw. Facial pain, aches in the neck or shoulders, and regular headaches also occur. If people grind their teeth as a result of their TMD, then toothaches and tooth sensitivity could occur as well. If you begin to experience one or more of these potential warning signs, then please talk to our team today. As part of your diagnosis, we will look at the wear and friction on your jaw and teeth, and use technology to examine your jaw joints. We will then prescribe proper treatment. Don’t ignore these warning signs, as untreated TMD has been linked to increased pain, damaged smiles and the onset of serious oral health complications.

Treatment from a TMJ Specialist

For some, treatment may mean the addition of a custom-made restoration, such as a crown, or even orthodontics to correct misalignment. However, in most cases we prescribe a personalized oral appliance. Created based on detailed measurements and impressions of your smile, the appliance fits like a mouthguard. Worn at night, the device repositions the jaw to ease the strain on the joints and prevent uncomfortable symptoms. If you also grind your teeth, then the device places a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth, which helps you avoid further damage to your teeth. If you have any questions abut TMJ disorder, or if you think you could benefit from treatment, then contact our team today. Don live with pain in your smile, let’s work together to find a solution!


At Bailey Dental Care, our team helps identify and treat TMJ disorder with preventive solutions and custom-made oral appliances. To learn more about our general and preventive treatment options, then please schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Smithville, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.