Many people across the country experience a painful condition called temporomandibular joint disorder. Your temporomandibular joint is a part of your jaw and allows you to eat and chew comfortably.
However, this joint can become damaged, causing you to experience painful or irritating symptoms. Damaged is caused when you grind your teeth at night, or clench your jaw when feeling stress or tension.
Signs You May Have TMD
For those suffering from this disorder, you may notice a variety of symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:
- Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw, neck and/or shoulders.
- Difficulty or pain when chewing or yawning.
- Clicking in your jaw.
- Jaw that locks either in an open or closed position.
- Headaches or migraines.
If you notice any of these symptoms, call our office for a consultation. We can help you arrive at a diagnosis and get on the path to treatment.
If you’ve been experiencing any of these symptoms, we can help! We have treatment options, including mouth guards. You’d be surprised at the difference after we help make a few simple adjustments to your lifestyle.
Nighttime Mouth Guard
You may be grinding your teeth in your sleep and be completely unaware of it. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is usually related to stress and anxiety. However, it can also be caused by an improper bite or missing teeth.
When you come into our office, we’ll take a look at your mouth to discover the cause of your TMD. If you do tend to grind your teeth at night, we can prescribe a mouth guard that you can wear at night to relieve the grinding.
This guard won’t necessarily stop you from grinding your teeth, but it will prevent your teeth from being damaged due to the grinding. It can also help you relax your facial and jaw muscles. This release of tension can be a big help to your TMJ.
Call Today for Relief
If you have a painful jaw or any of the other symptoms described above, please give us a call. We will meet with you and examine your teeth, so we can provide you with the best solution possible. You deserve to be comfortable, and we’re here to make that happen.