TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder can be an uncomfortable, persistent dental disorder. Many people who suffer from TMJ disorder grind their teeth at night and experience frequent headaches, muscle tension, and tooth damage. Thankfully, our team can skillfully address this issue and prevent grinding and clenching with the help of a comfortable, custom nightguard!
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder is an illness that causes pain and inflammation in the temporomandibular joint in your jaw. This issue is generally caused by frequent grinding and clenching, though it can also be caused by a poor alignment in the bite. Most people who grind their teeth do so while they are asleep and are unaware of the damage they are causing their teeth and joints. When left untreated, TMJ disorder can lead to long-lasting joint, muscle, and teeth damage.
TMJ disorder causes several problems in and around the mouth. The most common symptoms are chronic headaches, muscle tension, and tooth wear. Other symptoms include:
- Loose teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Chronic migraines
- Pain in the face, neck, shoulder, or back
- Pain and soreness in the jaw joints
- Grating or clicking noises in the jaw joints
- And tooth pain
TMJ disorder is one of the most common dental issues in America. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call our office to schedule a consultation.
Many patients develop TMJ problems because of nighttime clenching and grinding. If this is the case for you, we can provide treatment with the help of a custom nightguard. Nightguards are made from a flexible plastic material that we mold to fit the shape of your teeth. Unlike over-the-counter versions, professional nightguards are small, comfortable, and efficient. When worn regularly, nightguards can protect your teeth from grinding together in your sleep, improve your breathing, and naturally realign your jaw.
Unfortunately, some patients develop TMJ problems because of a poor alignment in the bite – also called malocclusion. If this is the case, Dr. Semans may recommend orthodontics. A professional orthodontist can evaluate your teeth’s alignment and provide an option that will gradually guide them into a better position. If you need orthodontic care, Dr. Semans will recommend you to an orthodontist nearby.
If you would like to learn more about TMJ disorder, nightguards, and other related services, please call our office at (330) 867-4461, send us an email, or schedule an appointment online.