NIGHT GUARDS NEAR YOU
Night Guards are the optimum choice for treating disorders of the TMJ. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders involve the jaw joint are known to cause a myriad of problems. If you have symptoms such as pain or a “clicking” sound when eating or opening and closing your mouth, it is often because the jaw joint and the muscles necessary for chewing are not working correctly.
WHAT CAUSES TMJ DISORDERS?
There are many causes of TMJ disorders. Clenching and grinding of the teeth are most common and are often the result of a misaligned bite. Damage to the jaw joint after injury and disease such as arthritis may damage the joint or tear the muscles and ligaments. The disk inside the joint which acts as a “cushion” may slip out of position for any number of reasons as well.
NIGHT GUARDS FOR THE TREATMENT OF TMJ DISORDERS
TMJ disorders are treated with a night guard. Worn at night, this dental appliance positions the jaw in a way that reduces stress on the muscles of the face and neck and protects the enamel surface of the teeth when TMJ disorders include clenching and grinding of the teeth.
IF YOU ANSWER “YES” TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING, A NIGHT GUARD MIGHT BE THE BEST TREATMENT OPTION FOR YOU:
Do you grind or clench your teeth?
Do you have stiff muscles around your jaws?
Do you suffer from frequent headaches and pains in your neck?
Do you hear clicking or popping when you open your mouth?
Is it hard or painful to open your mouth wide when you eat or yawn?
Have you suffered an injury to your neck, head, or jaws?
Do you have arthritis in other joints?
Have you noticed your teeth no longer touch when you bite?
TREATMENT FOR TMJ DISORDERS
There are many treatment options available at Chappelle Family Dental to deal with TMJ Disorders. Dr. Andrew Kim will complete a detailed evaluation to diagnose the possibility of a TMJ disorder and to determine the best course of treatment for your situation. Our goal is to relieve joint pain and muscle spasms.
Night guards are often recommended to help stop clenching and/or grinding of the teeth which reduces muscle tension while protecting the cartilage inside the joint and the enamel surface of the teeth. Night guards position your jaw forward to relieve pressure on the jaw. Night guards may be worn initially over 8 hours each day to help your jaw heal, transitioning to only while sleeping.