End Your TMJ Troubles With a Custom Mouthguard

TMJ disorders involve your temporomandibular joints, which connect your lower jaw to your skull. You can have problems if the joints become dislocated, inflamed, or otherwise stressed. TMJ disorders can develop for a variety of reasons, but teeth grinding is a common contributing factor.

You may not be aware that you are clenching and grinding your teeth. Many people do it at night while they are sleeping. Even so, it can affect both your dental health and your overall health.

If grinding is bad enough, it can damage your teeth, gums, and even your underlying bone structure. Because of this, our team looks for signs of grinding during every dental exam. If we find any, we’ll likely recommend a mouthguard. It works by protecting your teeth and keeping pressure off your jaw. If your teeth are already damaged, we can repair them with restorative dentistry.

To treat TMJ problems, we take impressions of your teeth and other measurements to create a custom mouthguard. This kind of guard is worn while you sleep. It prevents you from grinding your teeth together while keeping your jaw in a relaxed position.

You should make an appointment with us if you have more than one of these symptoms:

  • Jaw pain
  • Frequent headaches or earaches
  • Clicking when you open or close your jaw
  • Difficulty opening your jaw
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Facial swelling

Call 256-274-8680 today to schedule your visit to River Oaks Dental Care. Find out about Decatur TMJ treatment for teeth grinding and jaw pain. You can also schedule online. Our friendly dental office is a short drive from Wilson Morgan Park.