Ease Your Child’s TMJ Symptoms With A Customized Oral Device
At Discovery Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics in Carlsbad, we recognize the impact that temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues can have on a child's oral health and overall well-being. TMJ disorders can cause discomfort that affects the jaw joint, surrounding muscles, and teeth. That's why we offer specialized TMJ care for our young patients, providing numerous benefits for their smiles.
What causes TMJ, and which symptoms are associated with the condition?
TMJ disorders can arise due to various factors, such as jaw misalignment, teeth grinding, stress, or trauma to the jaw. These disorders can lead to various symptoms, including jaw pain, headaches, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, and even teeth grinding.
How can a pediatric dentist help?
Pediatric dentists are highly experienced in diagnosing and managing TMJ disorders in young patients. They possess the expertise to assess the underlying causes and develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your child's needs. We can alleviate discomfort and protect your child's smile from potential long-term complications by addressing TMJ issues early on.
How is the condition treated?
One of the treatment options for TMJ disorders is the use of splints. Splints are oral devices that help realign the jaw, alleviate joint pressure, and relieve symptoms. In pediatric dentistry, both hard and soft splints can be utilized depending on the specific needs of your child. Hard splints, also known as stabilization splints, are made of a rigid material and are worn over the teeth. Soft splints, on the other hand, are made from a flexible material and are typically worn on the upper or lower teeth. Both splints aim to improve the jaw's alignment and reduce muscle tension, promoting a healthier and more comfortable smile.
If your child is experiencing TMJ-related symptoms, call our friendly team today to schedule a consultation with our skilled pediatric dental team. We’re here to help!
Contact Discovery Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics About TMJ Care Today!
- Have a customized hard or soft split created to ease TMJ symptoms
- Eradicate pain and/or discomfort
- Relax knowing your child will receive compassionate care from our team
- Prevent oral damage with early intervention
- Protect your child’s smile!