A disorder related to bruxism, but with its own set of uncomfortable symptoms, TMJ disorder impacts millions of people in the United States. In today’s blog, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist is taking a close look at how we diagnose and treat TMJ disorder. We can offer relief with a noninvasive approach, one that uses a simple oral appliance.
The Causes and Warning Signs
TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, occurs when factors upset the balance of the bite and lead to strain on the jaw joints. For example, missing teeth, injury to the face or jaw, malocclusion, high levels of stress and teeth grinding, and misalignment are factors. As are complications with the growth and development of the jaw joints. When the disorder develops, this could mean uncomfortable symptoms like jaw pain, facial aches, and discomfort in the neck and shoulders. Headaches and migraines could occur, as could a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw. If you experience one or more of these symptoms, then please let us know right away!
The Link to Bruxism
Bruxism refers to chronic teeth grinding or clenching. Bruxism could lead to TMJ disorder due to the strain on the jaw joints, and vice versa. They share many of the symptoms, along with tooth sensitivity and toothaches. Without treatment, bruxism could actually wear down tooth structure or chip and crack them.
iTero® Digital Imaging
For both TMD and bruxism, our team could offer treatment with a custom oral appliance. To custom-make this device, we will use the iTero® system. Our team first takes a series of pictures using a digital camera at the end of a thin wand. This allows us to gather these images quickly and comfortably. We then combine them to create a 3D model of your smile, one we use to design and craft the oral appliance with precision and accuracy!
Oral Appliance Therapy
When you start treatment, you will wear the device at night. The oral appliance will fit comfortably and help shift the teeth to remove tension for the jaw joints. This eases symptoms and brings relief. If you grind your teeth, this also protects the smile from further injury, as it places a strong barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth. If you have any questions about how we treat an issue like TMD or about putting a stop to teeth grinding, then contact our team today to learn more.
Your Woodland Hills, CA Dentist Treats TMD
Our team wants to help you enjoy a comfortable smile, and a bite that functions properly, once again. If you would like to learn more about restoring health and balance to your smile again, then contact your Woodland Hills, CA dentist, Dr. Naminik, by calling 818-347-5124.