TMJ disorder means the onset of jaw joint strain, and with it, serious complications, from headaches to teeth grinding. In order to stop this disorder and prevent damage and discomfort, we may suggest a comfortable, convenient, and custom-made mouthguard. How does a mouthguard help address TMD-related symptoms for our Omaha, NE, patients?
How Does TMJ Disorder Occur?
The issue impacts our temporomandibular joints, which connect the jaw and skull and are necessary for eating and speaking. When these joints undergo excessive strain and TMD develops, this could eventually lead to serious problems opening and closing the mouth. Causes of TMD-related strained may include tooth loss, bite imbalance, dental misalignment, bruxism (teeth grinding/jaw clenching), and injury to the face or jaw. Treatment is crucial for avoiding serious impacts on your smile’s function and comfort, and preserving the health and appearance of your teeth.
Signs of Trouble
When should you see the dentist for treatment? Often, the early warning signs include headaches and jaw pain. Others may report a crackling or popping sensation in the jaws, as well as aches in the face, neck, or shoulders. If you also grind your teeth, then toothaches and tooth sensitivity could occur as the teeth become worn down, cracked, chipped, or develop decay and infection. Don’t ignore these common warning signs, talk to your dentist today to schedule a consultation and diagnosis. We can then offer treatment to protect your smile’s beauty, function, and health for years to come.
Treatment With a Custom Mouthguard
When we examine your smile, we will look at your jaw joints for signs of strain, and the teeth for indicators of wear and friction. From there, can we decide if you need treatment. Often, we will create a custom-made mouthguard created based on impression and measurements taken of your smile. Worn at night, the device will reposition the jaw to ease strain on the joints and relieve symptoms. For those who grind their teeth, the mouthguard provides a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth, which prevents further damage. Treatment could also include orthodontics to correct misalignment, or a restoration to relieve pressure. If you have any questions about identifying and treating TMJ disorder, then please contact our team today.
Pacific Hills Dental Treats TMD and Bruxism
At Pacific Hills Dental, our team is ready to address common jaw joint issues and restore the health of your smile, often with a comfortable oral appliance. To schedule a visit for TMD or teeth grinding solutions, or any other general and preventive concerns, call our Omaha, NE, dental office today at (402) 330-2243. We proudly treat individuals in Omaha, NE, and all of the surrounding areas, including Papillion, La Vista, and Millard.