When you have problems with your jaw movement, or with the alignment and health of your joints, you can experience worsening pain and sensitivity issues as well as difficulty with stiff or limited bite movements. These issues, known as TMJ disorder, can occur for different reasons, but with proper management, you can comfortably move your jaw and enjoy freedom from pain in your face, neck, and head. Our Katy, TX dentist’s office is prepared to provide guidance as well as treatment for this issue. Thanks to our bite pressure mapping technology, we can perform a detailed evaluation of your movement to determine what changes should be made.
TMJ Disorder Can Seriously Affect Your Daily Life
When you have problems with poor jaw movement or alignment, you can experience worsening discomfort, and you can experience that discomfort in several areas. TMJ disorder can cause headaches, stiff or limited movement, and problems with neck and shoulder pain. It can also be the reason why you start to grind your teeth at night, a problem that can cause more discomfort as well as damage to your enamel.
Recognizing And Addressing Problems With Your Bite Function
Evaluating your bite function can provide important information about your jaw movement and health. Thanks to the Tekscan pressure mapping technology we keep in our office, we can evaluate how you apply and release pressure, which can lead to the discovery of imbalances. Correcting them can lead to a more natural and comfortable bite movement, one that puts less stress on your joints and muscles. An evaluation is an important first step in larger plans to re-establish your bite equilibrium. However, there are times when we will have to perform restorative dental work to make even dental movement possible.
Restoring Teeth That Do Not Effectively Contribute Bite Support
If you have problems with teeth that are damaged, unhealthy, or even the wrong size, you can find that maintaining an even bite motion is difficult. To address this, you may need to undergo restorative treatment. After we place a dental crown on a tooth that is not serving you well, you can have an easier time returning to the kind of bite motion that limits needless stress. We can provide a crown that matches the appearance of healthy enamel, so this service will not change your appearance.
Talk To Your Katy, TX Dentist’s Office About TMJ Disorder
Through work to address a patient’s trouble with their jaw health and movement, we can provide relief from worrying discomfort. If you think you might need help managing TMJ disorder, or if you have questions about its potential impact on your well-being, we can help! To find out more, reach out to Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849.