Can Dental Work Help You Avoid TMJ Issues?

Is dental treatment capable of helping someone stop experiencing TMJ pain? Can a timely procedure actually prevent you from experiencing these issues with jaw discomfort and sensitivity? There are certain problems with your smile that can lead to bite difficulties, which can then lead to trouble with TMJ disorder. One concern is that you are not able to comfortably bite and chew because of a tooth that is sensitive to pressure. Another is that malocclusion—problems with the way your teeth are spaced and aligned—interferes with your dental function. Our Katy, TX dentist’s office can talk to you about these concerns. We can also talk to you about services that will help you manage ongoing worries over pain and sensitivity.

Problems With Your Oral Health Can Interfere With Your Dental Function

If you have unresolved issues with your oral health, you may experience problems with your bite movement that will worsen in time. For example, you may favor one side of your mouth over the other when you bite and chew, as this lets you put less pressure on a sensitive tooth. Over time, that imbalance can lead to more joint stress, and it can lead to problems with the alignment and movement of your jaw. It is also possible for you to have an awkward, uneven bite if your teeth are not straight. Problems with poor alignment make it difficult to evenly apply and release pressure, which can lead to discomfort as time passes.

Discussing Treatment Options To Restore Your Bite

For problems with individual teeth that are sore or sensitive, we can provide dental crowns. It may be necessary for us to deal with decay if the tooth’s health is in question. With that said, an otherwise healthy tooth can be a source of trouble, one that can call for a crown, if it is misshapen or just not large enough.

Malocclusion is something that can be addressed in several ways. For those who qualify, we can actually provide treatment with clear aligners at our office. If you choose this option, you can make your corrective work discreet, making it easier to fold into your current schedule.

Directly Addressing Your Trouble With TMJ Disorder

If TMJ problems are already hurting your quality of life, our practice can help. In addition to recommending different treatments to improve your dental function, we can discuss alternative options. One is to use Botox to ease joint tension and address problems with teeth grinding.

Talk To Your Katy, TX Dentist About Your TMJ Issues

Whether you already have issues with TMJ disorder or want to avoid them, the right treatment can help. To find out more about how our practice can support you, please reach out to Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849.