3 Ways Dental Implants Can Help With TMD

Posted on: 18 October 2016

If you have been told that the reason you have a clicking sound when you chew or talk is due to temporomandibular joint disorder, you may want to consider having dental implants to replace any damaged or missing teeth. Not only can the implant stop the clicking noises, it can also help many of the other symptoms of TMD and stop it from getting worse. Here are a few benefits you should receive after the implant heals.

Stronger, Better Aligned Jaw

One of the causes of TMD is a misaligned jaw. You may have been born with this, or the jaw bones may have slowly shifted over time. If you have damaged or missing teeth the bone in the jaw is not stimulated to continue to grow and the bone loses density. Once this happens you may need to adjust the way you eat or talk, overusing the jaw muscles, causing pain and discomfort. When you have a dental implant, the bone is stimulated as you talk and chew so it will stay strong and in place.

Stop Headaches

One of the symptoms of TMD is headaches. An implant will help with the overuse of the jaw muscle that can cause pain to shoot through a sinus cavity. You may end up taking some type of medication to drain the sinus and end up with it becoming overly dry and painful, causing a true sinus headache. In addition, if there is a problem with a sinus cavity, it will be repaired and the implant rod will help to keep the cavity intact and structurally correct, alleviating the headache pain.

Stop Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Another problem that may be the symptom of a bad bite is Eustachian tube dysfunction. If you suffer with ringing, pain, or clogging of the ears, it could be the result of TMD. If having a dental implant will correct your bite, it could very well stop your ear problems.

If you have TMD that causes you any type of discomfort, talk to your doctor and dentist to find out if having a dental implant will be of any help. You may find that having a few bad or missing teeth are the culprits behind the alignment issues. Not only will getting them replaced with implants help to resolve your jaw problems, but they will also help to protect the adjacent teeth from becoming loose or damaged, causing even more problems.

For more information or assistance, contact resources like Colerain Denture Center.