The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts as the hinge that connects your jaw bone to your skull. When this joint gets sore, inflamed or injured, it is known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and can cause serious aching jaw pain, migraines, lock jaw or jaw clicking. While this condition affects between 5 and 12 percent of the population, Dr. Rebecca Bork is experienced in diagnosing the causes and symptoms of TMD and can create a TMJ treatment plan to relieve you of pain and treat the cause of the disorder.
A common cause of TMJ disorder is a misaligned jaw or clenching and grinding while you sleep. If your teeth are not aligned properly, your jaw will unconsciously attempt to adjust every time you close your mouth or chew. This puts tremendous strain on your joint and muscles, which can cause jaw pain or other symptoms of TMD. Dr. Bork treats this misalignment of the jaw with customized mouthguards that are worn while you sleep. By taking digital images of your mouth with our 3Shape TRIOS® intraoral scanner Dr. Bork can construct a unique mouthguard that fits and adjusts your bite to the correct position. By wearing this every night, your teeth and jaw will come together at a proper position and you will not run the risk of breaking teeth by grinding and clenching.
Your jaw should never cause you constant or undue pain. If you feel you are suffering and need to seek TMJ treatment in Allen, TX, contacting Dr. Bork right away can get you on the path towards a healthy jaw again. With over 13 years of dental experience, we have grown with many of our patients and never want to see you in pain. Dr. Bork uses her artistic eye to customize your mouthguard to fit ideally and comfortably within your mouth. Most patients can sleep easily and do not even feel the mouthguard in their mouth due to its precise fit. We recommend seeking treatment as soon as possible because the longer TMD treatment is delayed, the more severe it can become until it hurts you to even eat.