Relieve Jaw/TMJ/Headache Pain with a Nite Guard
What was once a stable bite is now changing due to missing teeth. You may experience difficulty chewing and more prevalent tooth decay. In the situation in which you lose a tooth, or multiple teeth, it can cause TMJ problems. When TMJ problems are apparent, you can develop headaches and other forms of discomfort. To minimize the possibility of problems, your missing teeth should be replaced immediately. However, if trouble has already set in, then it is important to seek treatment for your TMJ complications.
What is Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder?
The temporomandibular joints are the points at which the lower jaw attaches to the skull, and are among the most complex joints in the human body. If your jaw clicks or pops, this could be a sign of TMJ disorder. Joint sound is one of the most recognized signs of TMJ disorders. TMJ symptoms include:
- Clicking and/or difficulty when opening and closing your mouth
- Frequent headaches
- Neck and/or shoulder pain
- Sensitive teeth when no dental problems can be found
- Jaw pain or stiff jaw when chewing, biting, eating or yawning
- Earaches without an infection
Between five and ten percent of Americans suffer from TMJ symptoms that require some form of treatment.
Stressed Out? Your dentist can tell
Do you have too many things on your “to-do” list and not enough time to do it? It is important to take a deep breath and stay calm when performing stressful tasks. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, when a situation causes stress, many people grind or clench their teeth, which can eventually lead to temporomandibular joint disorder.
When you experience many stressful situations, you may exhibit symptoms such as tightened jaw muscles without realizing it. Over short periods of time, this habit is not detrimental, but long periods of time will prove to be problematic. Prolonged grinding or clenching of your teeth while stressed can cause soreness of the jaw, as well as partial or full locking of the jaw. In addition you may exhibit clicking in the jaw area, earaches that are not caused by infections and pain surrounding your temples.
Treatment with Nite Guard
Since your teeth, jaw joints and muscles are all involved treatment for TMD will vary. Typically, your treatment will require several phases. The first goal of treatment is to relieve the muscle spasm and pain as well as to establish normal range of motion of the lower jaw. Next, your dentist will work to correct the way that your teeth fit together through a temporary device known as an orthotic or splint that is worn over the teeth until the bite is stabilized.
With Nite Guard, you can find relief for jaw pain and headaches caused by temporomandibular joint disorder. This device is custom made to fit each person’s unique bite, and works by activating a nerve reflex that reduces muscle tension and keeps your back teeth from touching during sleep. As the tension from clenching is suppressed, migraines, dental damage and other symptoms are diminished. Other types of dental guards are also effective for reducing jaw pain and headaches. Your dentist will help you determine the best oral appliance for your specific needs and your best outcome.
At the end of the day, if your jaw hurts or your head is still pounding, you may be exhibiting TMJ symptoms.
Call Montgomery Dental Care in Cincinnati, OH at (513) 793-5703 for information about treatment options.