Stay In The Game With TMJ Treatment
The jaw pain has only gotten worse with each passing week. It’s finally reached a point when you can no longer stand it. You know it’s not going away and you need help.
Who should you call?
We would encourage you to contact the dentists at Hubbard & Leath Dental if you live in or near Rochester Hills, MI.
They can help you identify the cause of your jaw pain, and they can help with treatments for teeth grinding and TMJ disorders.
By making an appointment, you are taking the first step to returning to a normal, pain-free daily life.
Your Game Day Dilemma
You may not remember exactly when the pain started. You may have even dismissed it as a temporary problem that would go away on its own.
The thing problem is the pain kept recurring, and it seemed to be a little worse each time. You started to notice that it was more common in the mornings, but you would just take a couple pain relievers with your morning coffee and you were usually fine by the time you got to work.
Today was the last straw, however, your adrenaline was up as you favorite team was set to play their rival today. Both teams are ranked, which added more significance to this year’s contest.
You fixed some snacks to nibble on throughout the game, but you soon gave up on the ones that were harder to chew. That seemed to make the pain in your jaw worse.
You got through the first half, but the second half proved to be too much. As the game remained tight, your team dropped what would have been a touchdown to take the lead in the end zone.
As the game appeared to be slipping away, the pain in your jaw became unbearable. You couldn’t focus on the game any longer. You just wanted the pain to go away.
What could be causing this problem?
Bruxism And Stress Are A Bad For Your Jaw
Bruxism is not a term people tend to throw around in everyday conversation. It’s a term that refers to teeth clenching or grinding.
Often this behavior is involuntary. Many people do it while they are sleeping, or they do it without realizing it as a reaction to stressful situations. We know a lot of die-hard football fans who feel stressed watching their teams play, but we also know that stress can develop because of issues at work, at home, or both.
When you clench or grind your teeth together, you put added stress on your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) as well as the muscles and ligaments around those joints.
These joints connect your lower jaw to your skull. This joint also allows you to open and close your mouth to eat, to speak, or to express your frustration when your team is called for a penalty at a crucial moment in the game.
A normal bite for a healthy person generates between 200 and 250 pounds of force. This is more than enough to comfortably bite and chew the foods that people normally eat.
A person who grinds his or her teeth together can create 500 pounds of pressure or more. That can be a problem in and of itself, as it can wear down the enamel on your teeth.
Teeth grinding can lead to a TMJ disorder, or it may be a contributing factor to a TMJ problem along with arthritis, infections, and injuries.
Treating TMJ At The Dentist Office
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we have several patients stop their TMJ issues by finding a way to prevent them from grinding their teeth together.
Finding a way to reduce the stress in your life certainly can help, but that’s not something you can stop overnight. Exercise, breathing exercises, and therapy are possible ways to manage this stress. Different things will work for different people.
In the meantime, you will want to stop grinding your teeth into one another. Our dentists can help by creating a special mouthguard for you at our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI.
You can wear this mouthguard at night to keep your upper and lower teeth separated. The mouthguard also changes the position of your jaw. As you adjust to wearing it, you may find that your jaw becomes more relaxed as well.
Get Back To The Game
You want to be able to watch the game without more pain than necessary. (We can’t stop your team from dropping passes or committing penalties.)