Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ disorder or TMD, is a condition in which the patient experiences pain or discomfort associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint is located on either side of your head and is what allows the jaw to move, so dysfunction in this area can lead to pain while chewing, jaw stiffness, and other symptoms, such as:
- Tension headaches
- Pain in the jaw
- Stiffness in the neck or jaw
- Discomfort while chewing
- Clicking jaw
Orthodontics for TMJ
A common cause of TMJ is having a misaligned bite. When your top and bottom teeth don’t fit comfortably together, it causes unnecessary tension. In many cases, orthodontics can move your teeth into a more optimal position, eliminating this tension and allowing your teeth to fit properly together. However, for some patients already receiving orthodontic treatment, additional TMJ treatment may be recommended by your TMJ specialist in The Woodlands.
Other TMJ Treatment Options Near You
One treatment option for TMJ is splint therapy in conjunction with orthodontics. First, a splint either part-time or full-time to realign your jaw to alleviate symptoms. Then, braces or Invisalign are used to realign your dentition to fit the corrected jaw position the splint has provided to alleviate most, or all, jaw symptoms. Most patients will continue to sleep in a night guard following splint therapy and orthodontics to protect against nighttime clinching and/or grinding (bruxism).
For a trusted orthodontist, The Woodlands, Magnolia, and Tomball, TX communities can count on Dr. Pratt for TMJ orthodontics. To book an appointment, call us at 281-367-0050 (Woodlands) or 936-596-1200 (Montgomery) today!