TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, could lead to serious discomfort! Fortunately, we have a non-invasive treatment option that doesn’t require surgery. For people with TMJ dysfunction, your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist may create a custom-made oral splint to restore balance and health to your smile, protecting you from serious complications.
TMJ Disorder and Bruxism
When our jaw joints, known as the temporomandibular joints, undergo excessive strain and pressure, this could cause TMJ disorder. Unless addressed, people with TMD may experience uncomfortable symptoms and have trouble fully opening and closing their mouth. Factors behind the disorder include tooth loss, misalignment, bite imbalance, and injury to the face or jaw. Lack of treatment could lead to bruxism (teeth grinding) and likewise, untreated bruxism could mean TMD. Unless treated, these disorders not only cause discomfort, but could lead to damaged teeth as well!
Signs of Trouble
You should contact our team when you begin to experience common warning signs, such as headaches and migraines, soreness in the face, neck, or shoulders, jaw pain, and a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw. If you also grind your teeth, they could appear worn-down or suffer from sensitivity and aches too. Don’t ignore these common warning signs, let us know so we can protect you smile from injury and worsening discomfort.
Creating a Custom Oral Splint
Treatment options could vary. For example, we could correct misalignment with clear aligners or other orthodontics, or restore bite balance by placing a custom-made crown. However, the most common solution is to create an oral splint. We begin by taking detailed impressions and images of your smile, which we use to identify the factors behind your disorder and to create an oral appliance. The device itself will look and fit like a mouthguard, and is worn as you sleep. When worn, the device actually repositions the jaw to ease strain, helping you avoid classic TMJ symptoms. If you grind your teeth, the appliance provides a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth to prevent further damage from developing. If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating TMJ disorder and bruxism, or if you experience any of the symptoms we’ve discussed, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Any Questions About Treating TMD and Bruxism?
We’re ready to provide relief for uncomfortable TMJ-related symptoms. Don’t let these common preventive oral health concerns lead to damaged smile and poor smile function, instead talk to our team about possible solutions. Schedule a visit with your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist right away by calling Stadium Dental and Orthodontics at (909) 476-9678. We proudly welcome patients from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, as well as Ontario, Fontana, Upland, Rialto, and the surrounding communities.