A Mouthguard Could Be The Key To Ending Jaw Pain, Headaches
It would be nice to wake up without a headache. It would be nice to be able to eat something besides eggs for breakfast again. It would be nice not have to worry about jaw pain every morning.
In other words, it would be nice to get treatment for your TMJ disorder.
The team at our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI, would be happy to help. We have helped several people find relief from the pains associated with TMJ problems, and we would love to help you, too.
What’s Causing Your TMJ Disorder?
As people, we prefer simple solutions to our problems. Unfortunately, TMJ can be a complicated matter.
You may develop TMJ problems for one or more reasons:
▪︎ An accident or injury
▪︎ Tooth or jaw alignment issues
▪︎ Teeth grinding
The treatment can vary depending on the cause or causes contributing to your particular TMJ issues.
A pain reliever can provide temporary relief from jaw pain, headaches, earaches, or pain in your face, neck, shoulders, and upper back.
Heat can help improve jaw mobility. Limited jaw movement can be another TMJ symptom. For swelling, you may want to apply an ice or cold pack.
If your jaw pain is more common during or after meals, you may want to stick to eating softer foods for a few days. This may help alleviate the subsequent pain.
The only issue with those relief efforts is that they address the problems after the fact. To reduce or possibly eliminate these problems, you want to find a long-term solution.
Teeth grinding affect millions of people, many of whom are not aware they do it. Many people grind or clench their teeth as a response to stress. You may do this in the moment, or you may do this in your sleep. (This could help explain why you may frequently have your headaches, jaw pains, and other TMJ symptoms in the morning.)
If teeth grinding is your issue, Hubbard & Leath Dental is in a good place to get help. Just call us at 248.266.2528.
How Teeth Grinding Can Affect Your TMJ
We should probably take a moment to explain that TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint. You have two of these joints.
To find them, just place a finger below each of your ears and open and close your mouth. You will be able to feel the joints moving.
The are ball-and-sockets joints that connect your lower jaw (the mandible) to your skull. The TMJ allow the jaw to move up and down and side-to-side.
Inflammation of the muscles and tissue around your TMJ can limit their movement. Teeth grinding can contribute to this problem.
An average person bites with 200 to 250 pounds of pressure. By comparison, teeth grinders can generate 500 pounds of pressure or more. That’s a lot of extra pressure on your joint as well as the muscles and tissues around it.
That also can explain the various symptoms we have mentioned.
How Our Dentists Can Help With Your TMJ Treatment
So, what can our dentists do to help you at our Rochester Hills, MI, office?
The first thing is stopping you from grinding your teeth. Easier said than done, right? Well, the simplest way to resolve this issue is to put a barrier between your top and bottom rows of teeth.
We do this by created a custom-fitted mouthguard that you can wear while you sleep. When your teeth can’t touch each other, that prevent teeth grinding.
That’s not the only way our mouthguards can help you, however.
The mouthguards are designed with muscle relaxation in mind. As you get used to wearing the mouthguard, your jaw should rest in a more relaxed position. This can help to alleviate the pressure on your jaw and surrounding tissues.
Many patients start seeing a difference after just a few nights of use.
If stress is a factor in your TMJ disorder, it can also help to explore ways to relieve that stress. Exercise, therapy, and relaxation techniques like meditation may be beneficial.
We Are Ready To Help With Your TMJ Problems
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, no one wants to see any patient in pain. If we can do anything to end your suffering, that’s what we want to do.