The onset of jaw pain can be upsetting, especially when it interferes with your ability to bite, chew, and speak. This trouble can worsen over time, and it can lead to other issues, including more frequent headaches! At our Virginia Beach, VA dentist’s office, patients who show signs of poor jaw alignment, or who struggle with painful or stiff jaw movements, can receive treatment for TMJ disorder. Treating this problem can ease your issues with daily discomfort, and it can protect you against difficulties with teeth grinding. Our practice can discuss this and other matters with you in the course of a routine dental exam.
Common Problems Associated With TMJ Disorder
How can you tell if TMJ disorder is something that affects you? There is no one issue that “causes” problems with poor joint alignment or tension. You may start to struggle with this condition if you maintain an awkward or uneven bite for any reason; if you have injured your jaw; or if you develop arthritis in your jaw joints. If the matter is not addressed, basic movements can be painful or difficult, and you can experience additional discomforts like headaches and face or neck pain.
Using Oral Appliance Therapy To Ease Tension On Your Jaw Joints And Muscles
Treating TMJ disorder can ease discomfort, improve your bite function, and reduce your problems with headaches. With a custom oral appliance, we can change the position of your jaw to reduce stress on the joints and muscles. Over time, this can gradually improve your bite function and help you avoid other issues caused by uneven jaw movement. To highlight specific issues with your jaw movement, we can use TruDenta to closely study your movements and catch imbalances.
Your Jaw Problems Can Lead To Worrying Teeth Grinding Issues
Teeth grinding is something that we often associate with TMJ disorder. While a habit of grinding your teeth can lead to jaw troubles, unresolved tension in your jaw joints and muscles can be responsible for unconscious grinding and clenching. Because this problem puts you at risk for nightly teeth grinding, we can provide a custom appliance to keep your teeth safe. Doing so will prevent the buildup of friction on your teeth that can lead to visible dental damage. When that damage grows serious enough, it can make restorative dental work necessary!
Talk To Your Virginia Beach, VA Dentist About TMJ Treatment
Our practice is ready to help individuals in and around Virginia Beach, VA who are experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder! In addition to addressing symptoms directly, we can identify signs of trouble during a routine exam and talk to you about your options for care. To find out more about issues that can affect your oral health, and how they can be treated, please contact Absolute Dental Care at (757) 428-7440.