What is TMJ?
We all have a TMJ or temporomandibular joint. It is the hinge joint that connects your skull with the lower jaw. When this joint gets inflamed due to misalignment, symptoms may become severe:
- Cannot open mouth very wide
- Jaw gets “stuck” open or closed
- You hear clicking, popping, or grating noises when you open and close your mouth
- Neck aches or headaches
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Pain in your face, jaw, neck, shoulders, or around your ears when you chew, speak, or yawn
Some factors that contribute to TMJ issues are:
- Bruxism, or grinding your teeth
Treat Bruxism Today to Save Money and Pain in the Future
The most common contributor to TMJ disorder is bruxism or teeth grinding. If this chronic behavior is not stopped you can actually grind your teeth down to nubs! Many patients have needed full mouth reconstructions to restore the damage years of teeth grinding have inflicted upon their smile. One simple treatment today can save you time, money, and pain down the road.
Treatment for TMJ
Sometimes rest and an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory will provide releif. If your symptoms do not go away, treatments usually include using mouth guards, short-term appliances, or long term orthodontics specifically designed to restore your jaw and teeth to their correct positions.
A mouth guard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth. Depending on application, it may be called mouth protector, mouth piece, night guard, occlusal splint or bite splint.
A snore guard oral appliance is a customized removable appliance created for the noninvasive treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The appliance is designed to both advance the mandible and open the bite to allow for less restricted airflow during sleep.
Snore guards help promote a deeper, more restful sleep by preventing snoring and relieving the symptoms of OSA. A snore guard will not interfere with breathing through the mouth, even in cases of congested nasal passages. It has many different styles to achieve the best results.