One of the first ways TMJ treatment can help your smile is by preventing your teeth from cracking. Oftentimes, those who suffer from TMJ grind or clench their teeth either at night and/or during the day. When you continue to clench and grind your teeth, it can cause your teeth to develop small cracks known as stress fractures. These cracks can unfortunately get larger over time and require you to get a root canal to resolve. With TMJ treatment, you will prevent your teeth from cracking.
Just like your teeth cracking from clenching and grinding, they can also become worn. The constant friction between your top and bottom teeth can cause the crown to wear down. Without treatment, your teeth can end up looking like small nubs. The only way to fix super worn teeth are with dental crowns or by extracting and replacing the teeth with dentures. With TMJ treatment in Spokane Valley, our dentists will help you stop your grinding and clenching habit to prevent your teeth from becoming worn.
One of the causes of TMJ is a bite that is misaligned. The misalignment can cause extra force on one side which can irritate the temporomandibular joints. With orthodontic treatments such as braces or Invisalign, we can realign your bite to relieve TMJ pain and help straighten your smile. Once your teeth are aligned properly, your pain will go away and you will achieve an amazing smile. Improving your bite can also enhance your facial appearance by changing your face’s shape and features. A jaw imbalance can cause facial changes you might not be aware of.
If you suffer from TMJ, you likely experience jaw pain, clicking or popping, frequent headaches, sore or sensitive teeth, ear pain, and much more. If you believe you have TMJ, you need treatment immediately. TMJ treatment will help relieve your pain and prevent you from experience severe dental problems down the line. Contact Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ken or Marnie Collins to receive a TMJ evaluation today. Please call (509) 927-2273.