If you have a toothache, you would not be surprised when your dentist tried to determine what was wrong by closely examining your aching tooth. For people who suffer from TMJ dysfunction, and the many uncomfortable symptoms it can cause, an explanation can be found by studying their bite. At our Katy, TX dental practice, we use Tekscan pressure mapping to see if any problems that affect your bite might be responsible for your ongoing discomfort. With the information we can gather, we can work with you to address dental and facial pain through DTR Therapy, a process where we can correct any imbalances in bite pressure, or unusual jaw movements, that may be causing your TMJ problems.
How Can TMJ Dysfunction Impact Your Oral Health?
Frequent headaches, pain when you move your jaw, and teeth grinding can be traced back to TMJ dysfunction. This term is applied to any situation where a person is struggling with problems affecting their jaw joints and muscles. If you have developed an issues with TMJ dysfunction, you may spend each day in a disruptive amount of pain. Between your bite problems and your teeth grinding issues, you also face a risk for dental damage that could require restorative dental work.
Using DTR Therapy To Correct Your Bite
After we study your bite, we can determine how changes to your jaw movement might relieve the stress on your joints and muscles. Working through DTR Therapy can bring about an end to painful migraines or headaches, and it can help you relax your jaw. Treatment can focus on making your bite as even as possible, so there are no imbalances between when you apply and release pressure between different teeth when you bite down.
Correcting Dental Health Issues That Affect Your Bite Function
While DTR Therapy can lead to improvements by changing the way you move your jaw, the best results may require dental work to fix untreated oral health concerns. For instance, you may be unable to bite properly because you are not able to put enough pressure on a weak, small, or hurt tooth. A dental crown on that tooth can lead to better biting, and less pain. Orthodontic work can be necessary in some cases, as you may be unable to bite naturally because of the way your teeth are currently aligned.
Talk To Lathrop Dental Center About DTR Therapy!
At Lathrop Dental Center, patients who are struggling with TMJ dysfunction, headaches, and poor dental health can look forward to dedicated support at our Katy, TX practice! We can work with you to improve your bite, and we can address any oral health issues that have led to your difficulties. If you would like to find out more, you can reach our office in Katy, TX, by calling 832-437-3849.