Is your jaw aching, especially when you first wake up? Do you grind your teeth? Are your teeth getting worn down or feeling sore? Are you suffering from headaches? Are your headaches or other pain so severe that over the counter medications aren’t relieving the pain?
If so, you may be experiencing problems with your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. Your TMJ is the hinge your jaw moves on, just in front of your ears, to open and close your mouth. If this hinge isn’t working properly, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD.
If you are suffering from TMD or are struggling with headaches, there is a way to receive relief. We at Carrington Dental Care offer a custom-made mouthguard that you wear while you’re sleeping to help alleviate the pain associated with TMD.
Most cases of TMD occur due to a bad bite or teeth not lining up properly while you sleep. This can cause you to grind your teeth while you sleep, overusing the muscles surrounding your TMJ until they become sore. The mouthguard prevents you from grinding your teeth, and keeps your jaw in place while you sleep so the joint and muscles can relax.
Every case is different, so your mouthguard is custom-fit to your jaw. You can even use the TMD treatment mouthguard during the day if the pain is too severe.
Symptoms of TMD that require TMJ Treatment
The signs for TMD are different for each person, but most with TMD experience at least one of the following:
- Headaches that can’t always be controlled with over-the-counter medication
- Neck aches and earaches
- Teeth that are sensitive to hot or cold temperatures
- Teeth that feel achy and sore
- Subconsciously grinding your teeth
- Episodes of your jaw locking up
One major contributor to TMD becoming a problem is excess stress. Our staff is dedicated to alleviating the problems as best we can. We can help you find ways to lower the stress in your life so you can avoid TMD in the future!
We want to help put your headaches and other TMD-related problems behind you. Call and make an appointment today!