TMJ disorder, a jaw joint disorder, impacts many people in the United States and could lead to seriously uncomfortable symptoms, such as headaches and jaw pain. If you suffer from regular head pain or migraines, then let your Gladstone, MO, dentist know. Your TMJ specialist can perform a detailed diagnosis and identify the perfect treatment to ease your discomfort!
Headaches and TMD
The joints that connect our jaw and skull are known as temporomandibular joints. They allow us to eat and speak, controlling these movements. However, should these same joints undergo excessive pressure, this could mean difficulties opening and closing the mouth and the onset of TMJ disorder. Over time, the disorder could increase the risk of teeth grinding, and also cause headaches, jaw pain, popping or clicking, and aches in the neck and shoulders. Causes vary, but have been linked to missing teeth, dental misalignment, injury to the face or jaw, and tooth loss. If you encounter these warning signs on a regular basis, let us know. We can use advanced technology to carefully examine your jaw joint and oral structures. We will also look at wear and friction on the teeth. From there, we can decide if you need treatment!
Creating an Oral Appliance
Often, we address TMD with an oral appliance. The device will look similar to a mouthguard and is worn as you rest at night. The appliance actually repositions the jaw to ease the pressure on your joints and prevent uncomfortable symptoms. We create them based on detailed impressions and images we take of your smile, ensuring a comfortable fit and treatment with accuracy and precision. The device is also only worn at night, so no need to worry about the impact on your professional appearance.
Do You Grind Your Teeth?
Bruxism is also linked to TMD. When we grind our teeth regularly, this could lead to worn down tooth structure, damaged enamel, chips and cracks, and an increased risk of tooth decay and infection. Instead of risking the health and stability of your smile, let us know if you grind your teeth. You will experience the same symptoms as TMD in many cases, and we can often address this concern with an oral appliance as well. The appliance again repositions the jaw to ease pressure, but also places a barrier between your upper and lower teeth to prevent further damage. If you have any questions, then please contact our team to learn more!
Does Your Head Hurt?
If you experience the warning signs we’ve discussed above, then contact our team today to learn about possible solutions. To learn more about our TMD and bruxism solutions, then schedule a consultation by calling Bailey Dental Care in Gladstone, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.