How to Stop TMJ Dysfunction Using a Custom Mouthguard

Dentists have experience in working with patients who have been diagnosed with conditions such as TMJ disorder. TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint,” which is the hinging joint of the jaw. This joint opens and closes to allow patients to speak, smile, and eat. However, complications from this joint may occur and result in a chronic problem known as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Luckily, the dentists of Deeter Dental Group can assist with this dysfunction and offer treatment with a custom mouthguard.

What are the signs of TMJ/TMD concerns?

If the temporomandibular joint becomes defective or damaged, patients may experience some of the following symptoms of TMJ and TMD:

  • Teeth clenching and grinding
  • Chronic headaches
  • Pain radiating from the jaw to ears or neck/shoulder area
  • Clicking and popping of the joint when opening or closing
  • Locking of the joint in the open or closed position

How do TMJ disorders occur?

The temporomandibular joints are commonly functional for patients. However, concerns such as poor bite alignment and chronic stress can result in malfunctioning of this joint and the surrounding tissues. TMJ disorders may also develop with injuries to the jaw or face. This neuromuscular problem can become a serious issue for patients, resulting in lock jaw and continued discomfort. By speaking to a dentist about this condition, getting a proper diagnosis, and discussing treatment options, patients can obtain the care they need for vast improvement.

What is the best treatment for TMJ/TMD problems?

In most cases, patients will benefit from using a custom mouthguard. This mouthguard is worn at night to help reduce the tension of the jaw  joint and ease strain and stress. The mouthguard is an effective barrier between the upper dental arch and the lower dental arch, which also eliminates the risk of restoration or tooth breakage caused by strong and tense clenching and grinding. If treatment with a mouthguard is not effective, patients may need to speak to their dentist about alternative options including jaw surgery. However, this is often a last resort for many of our patients seeking treatment.

Schedule your visit at Deeter Dental Group today!

Patients in the areas of Bismarck, ND and Garrison, ND are welcome to book a consultation visit with our dental provides to learn more about TMJ and TMD solutions.

Posted in: TMJ/Neuromuscular Dentistry

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