Often, people can suffer from chronic migraines and jaw pain due to TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). These disorders can also damage your smile and leave you vulnerable to chronic discomfort. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about how we offer treatment for TMD and more with Disclusion Time Reduction.
TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, is a common issue that occurs when the joints connecting your jaw and skull undergo excessive strain and stress. The factors behind the stress could include missing teeth, misalignment, injuries to the smile, untreated teeth grinding, or even issues with the growth and development of your smile. Our team will assess the cause and severity when we examine your smile, using advanced digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to make a diagnosis with precision and accuracy. Lack of treatment could mean painful symptoms, like headaches, migraines, jaw and facial pain, and a popping or clicking sensation in your jaw. Without treatment, you could have trouble fully opening and closing your mouth!
Bruxism is a related disorder, in that untreated TMD can lead to teeth grinding and vice versa. This disorder means you grind and clench your teeth frequently, placing enormous pressure on your smile that causes painful symptoms, like headaches, jaw pain, facial aches, migraines, and toothaches and tooth sensitivity. Without treatment, this wears down and damages teeth, leaving them vulnerable to tooth decay and infection, and having a negative impact on your smile’s appearance. Treatment helps prevent painful symptoms and the risk of eventual tooth loss!
Disclusion Time Reduction
How do we bring relief to your smile? To get started, our team will conduct a thorough examination of your bite’s balance and the distribution of pressure using Disclusion Time Reduction. Our team then assesses the cause of your discomfort and strain, so we can design and fabricate an oral appliance that brings relief. The appliance shifts the position of the jaw to ease stress, and also places a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth to prevent further damage. You then enjoy a comfortable and noninvasive solution to these disorders, so you avoid painful symptoms and keep your smile healthy and strong.
If you have any questions about how we use Disclusion Time Reduction and oral appliance therapy to treat these concerns, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy a comfortable and healthy smile, one that looks great and functions properly.
Your Katy, TX, Dentist Can Improve Bite Balance
We’re ready to help you enjoy a healthy and balanced bite. Call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849 for more information on how our team helps you maintain optimal oral health.