Effective Relief for Jaw Joint Strain
Your TMJs – or jaw joints – provide you with the movement you need to open and close your mouth. A variety of factors may affect the health of your jaw, including a tendency to grind or clench your teeth. By monitoring your oral health, we can quickly identify developing problems and offer noninvasive, comfortable treatment. Visit us today if you suffer from discomfort in your jaw, face, or surrounding areas.
Bruxism occurs when you habitually grind your teeth or clench your teeth together. This may be a reaction to stressful situations, you may do it out of habit, or you may perform this act unintentionally because of a problem with your chewing reflex. Patients may grind or clench during the day or night, with symptoms that may include:
- Someone has heard you grinding your teeth
- You suffer from eroded tooth surfaces
- Your teeth feel extremely sensitive
- You also deal with TMJ disorder
- Your teeth hurt or are fractured, chipped, or broken
Your jaw joints are also called your TMJs (temporomandibular joints). You have one joint located on either side of your head, which permits your jaw to move. Damage to this joint or extreme stress may cause it to malfunction. Because it allows the motion you need for successful speaking and eating, treating TMJ disorder is essential. Common symptoms include:
- You have difficulty opening your mouth all the way
- Your jaw joints hurt or you deal with soreness in the surrounding areas
- You have chronic pain in your head, neck, shoulders, or back
- Your jaw clicks, grinds, or pops when you chew, open, or close your mouth
- Chewing is uncomfortable
- Your jaw sometimes becomes locked for a moment while opening or closing your mouth
- You hear a ringing in your ears
Oral Appliance Therapy
We may treat both bruxism and TMJ with oral appliance therapy. You will wear a night guard each night while you sleep, the design of which will be based on your particular disorder:
- Bruxism: We may provide you with an oral appliance that places a comfortable buffer between your upper and lower teeth, preventing contact and subsequent grinding or clenching.
- TMJ Disorder: You may wear a device that gently shifts the placement of your jaw, which will allow your TMJs to rest while you sleep, rather than placing tension on them.