If you have a headache that occurs on a regular basis, this could be due to an issue like TMJ disorder, or TMD. Without treatment, symptoms could worsen and you could even develop complications like bruxism (teeth grinding). In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentists talk about treating issues like TMJ disorder.
Chronic Headaches and Other Symptoms
How do you know that you could be suffering from TMJ disorder? Common symptoms include chronic headaches and migraines, as well as jaw pain, facial aches, and a popping or crackling sensation in your jaw. If you experience one or more of these symptoms, then let us know right away. We will use digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to gather detailed images of your smile. We can then find out if you need TMJ treatment, and choose the best solution for your smile.
Causes and Complications
The disorder occurs when the bite is imbalanced or the jaw joints undergo excessive strain. This could be caused by issues with the growth and development of your smile, or tooth loss and injury to the face or jaw. Misalignment could be a factor, as could bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching). Over time, the disorder could make opening and closing the mouth fully a difficult process, and could lead to issues like bruxism, which could damage your smile and lead to worsening pain as tooth decay or infection form. Instead of experiencing worsening pain and poor oral health, talk to our team about a possible treatment option!
Treatment varies, and will depend on the cause. For example, if misalignment is behind your TMD, then we could suggest braces or aligners to correct the position of your teeth. If there are issues with the balance of your bite, then our team could place crowns or contour the teeth to improve overall balance and alignment.
However, the most common solution is to craft and custom-fit an oral appliance. The device will look similar to a mouthguard and is worn as you sleep. Once in place, this repositions the jaw to ease pressure and bring relief. If you happen to grind your teeth as well, the device puts a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to avoid any further damage. If you have any questions about how we correct problems like TMJ disorder, or if you would like to schedule your next checkup and cleaning, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Austin, MN Dentist About Preventive Dental Care
We can offer comfort and a balanced bite with TMJ treatment. If you would like to find out more, contact your Austin, MN, dentists, Dr. Potach and Dr. Mitchell, by calling 507-437-6312.