In time, problems with TMJ disorder can cause a person to experience frequent headaches, difficulty with their jaw movement, and a tendency to grind their teeth while they rest. Until the matter is addressed, you can suffer from persistent pain and stiffness in your joints that will interfere with your quality of life. The good news is that your Virginia Beach, VA dentist is ready to help you put a stop to problems with TMJ disorder! We can provide an oral appliance that eases tension and joint alignment problems, which will lead to better bite movement and less pain. We can also use TruDenta to closely analyze your bite movement and oral health to see how we can encourage better bite movement that eases tensions.
Recognizing Symptoms Of TMJ Disorder
How can you tell if TMJ disorder is negatively affecting your life? The following issues can occur if you have unresolved issues with your bite movement or jaw’s position:
- Awkward or limited jaw movement
- Pain or sensitivity when you bite and speak
- A tendency to grind your teeth, including issues with nighttime teeth grinding
- An increase in headaches
- Pain in your face, jaw, or neck
Bring these problems up to your dentist at a routine dental exam, or make time to discuss possible treatment if they affect you. Without care, these problems can continue, which can mean more discomfort and even dental damage from jaw clenching or grinding.
How Oral Appliance Therapy Eases Pain And Stiffness
If your jaw joints are not working in alignment, they can experience a higher stress burden that causes issues for the joints themselves and the muscles that are responsible for biting and chewing movements. Through oral appliance therapy, we can help you reposition your jaw in order to bring back proper alignment. The appliance is custom-made for the patient receiving help. Worn at night, it will help you improve your bite function and joint alignment to relieve stress and pain!
Addressing Problems Caused By Teeth Grinding And Clenching
If your troubles with TMJ disorder include difficulties with teeth grinding or clenching, we can help. A a custom guard can keep your teeth apart while you sleep, so nightly trouble with bruxism no longer impacts your well-being. A teeth grinding problem is certainly not something you should ignore. If you do let the problem go without treatment, the wear and tear that affects your teeth can cause enough harm to require cosmetic dental work, or even restorative dental treatments to address serious damage.
Talk To Your Virginia Beach, VA Dentist About TMJ Stiffness And Pain
At our Virginia Beach, VA dentist’s office, patients who experience TMJ problems can come to us for help with this painful condition. If you want to learn more about our services, or if you wish to set up an appointment, please contact Absolute Dental Care at (757) 428-7440.