We have two joints in our mouth that are present on each side, known as temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which connect your jawbone and skull. If you experience a clicking sound, grating sensation, or pain while chewing or talking, then maybe you are suffering from TMJ Disorder.
Temporomandibular disorder or dysfunction (TMD) may occur due to a number of factors like genetics, arthritis, or even a jaw injury.
What are the common symptoms of TMD?
The common symptoms include:
- Chronic jaw pain
- Pain while chewing or talking
- Pain on the whole face
- Headaches or migraines
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitive or sore teeth
- Worn or cracked teeth
- Limited jaw movement
- Pain in your neck and shoulders
- Feeling numb or tingling in your fingers and arms
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds while opening and closing your mouth
- Trouble in sleeping
What are the treatments that we offer for TMJ disorder?
The TMJ Treatments we offer are:
Bite Guards/Mouthguards: With the help of these customized appliances, your jaw can be repositioned.
Sleep Appliances: If TMJ disorder is giving you a hard time falling asleep, then the dentist may prescribe oral sleep appliances.
Certain physical therapy and medications may also help alleviate the pain that occurs due to TMJ disorders.
Can Mouthguards offer relief from teeth grinding?
If you have severe teeth grinding or bruxism, then a customized mouthguard could be of great help to you. It offers protection to your teeth from any further damage and reduces jaw strain. Custom-fit mouthguards are always better, more comfortable, and effective than the OTC options.
What are the advantages of using mouthguards for teeth grinding?
The advantages include:
- Protect teeth from wearing down.
- Prevent clenching while sleeping.
- Prevent toothache and jaw pain that occurs from continuous grinding of teeth.
- Reduce migraines and headaches to a great extent.
- Help you get a good night's sleep.
To know more about TMJ therapy or Teeth Grinding solutions, call us at (936) 564-2439 or schedule an online appointment with our dentists. We will be happy to guide you further.