Do you suffer from chronic soreness around your jaw joints or wake up with tension headaches that last through the day? These are common symptoms of a disorder of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), that without treatment, can become progressively worse. As the pain builds, your ability to concentrate on daily tasks and enjoy your quality of life quickly diminishes. Fortunately, we can offer a non-invasive dental treatment to guide your jaw into a more comfortable position and relieve your pain. By creating a BPA-free, custom oral appliance, we fit a guard to your specific bite. When you wear your appliance at night, you can enjoy waking up feeling more refreshed and ready to tackle the day!
At Sunny Smiles Family Dentistry, we understand the unique difficulties of living with TMJ disorder. Your jaw can become extremely difficult to properly open and shut. Not only does this cause pain, but it can make simple activities like communication and enjoying your meals rather difficult. With successful TMD treatment, we seek to restore your ability to perform these functions and preserve the health of your jaw joints. Early intervention can prevent the condition from becoming worse and lead to more invasive or surgical procedures. While TMD has many causes, we are happy to investigate yours and provide an extensive diagnosis and treatment.
How TMJ Disorder Affects Your Day
When your teeth do not connect in proper alignment, they put a strain on the joints of your jaw as your struggle to complete your bite. As months or years go on, this repetitive stress puts a permanent strain on the joint, creating your TMD. Although this condition has many causes, by examining your oral cavity, we can provide a diagnosis that leads to successful treatment. We may suggest realignment of your bite with dental crowns, orthodontics, or even bonding procedures.
Identifying Your TMJ Condition
The pain from TMD can extend from the jaw area to other parts of your head, neck, shoulders, and back. If you have any consistent issues there along with difficulty moving your jaw into the proper position, let your dentist know right away.
Treatment With Oral Appliance Therapy
If we recommend oral appliance therapy (OAT) to treat your TMD, we will take a digital scan of your oral structures. This allows us to custom manufacture a mouthguard that fits your teeth perfectly to ensure your comfort as you wear the device at night. By gently guiding your jaw into position, your symptoms should resolve.
TALK TO YOUR DENTIST AT SUNNY SMILES ABOUT TMJ DISORDER
If you suffer from chronic jaw pain, OAT may help relieve your pain! To find out more about how our team treats your TMD, then please contact our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at (915) 849-9000.