When you develop TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, then uncomfortable symptoms could develop, such as headaches or pain in your face or jaw. In order to ease the strain and help restore the health and function of your smile, your Omaha, NE, dentist may suggest treatment with a custom mouthguard.
The Dangers of TMJ Disorder
The disorder develops when the joints that connect your jaw and skull, known as temporomandibular joints, undergo excessive strain. The cause of the strain could include injury to the face or jaw, tooth loss, dental misalignment, bite imbalance, teeth grinding, and stress. Over time, this issue could lead to problems opening and closing the mouth, as well as a host of uncomfortable symptoms. In fact, the issue also increases the likelihood of teeth grinding, and with it, damage to your smile.
When Should You Contact Us?
Be aware of any changes to your smile, such as soreness in the face or jaw. You may also notice popping or crackling in the jaw, aches in the neck and shoulders are common, as is tooth sensitivity and toothaches if you also grind your teeth to clench them. When you report these symptoms, we will examine your smile for signs of wear and friction on your teeth. We will also look at your jaw joints, symmetry, and oral structures for signs of trouble. With this information, we can choose the optimal treatment option to return your smile to full function, health, and beauty.
Mouthguards and More
Often, we will take detailed impressions of your smile and fabricate an oral appliance that fits much like a mouthguard. This custom device is worn as you sleep and helps reposition the jaw to ease strain and stop future symptoms. We could also help by addressing misalignment with orthodontics, or using a custom-made dental crown to help restore bite balance. These same treatments can also help stop teeth grinding and protect your smile from further damage. If your teeth have become worn down or damaged, then dental bonding or a custom crown could restore them. If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating TMJ disorder, then please contact our team today. Don’t live with serious discomfort, we can help!
Do You Have Questions About Preventive Treatment Options?
We can offer relief for the strain of jaw joint issues like TMD. Our team also has the treatment options necessary to repair any damage and improve the overall beauty of your smile as well. To learn more about our general and preventive care, then schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.