Grinding, clenching, and jaw pain don’t have to be issues you deal with for the rest of your life. If you have TMJ disorders, also known as TMD, then it means that stress and strain are happening in the jaw joint. It’s important that you see treatment as soon as possible, so you can talk, eat, and move your jaw with ease. Early TMJ treatment, often including a mouth guard or night guard for teeth, is essential to reduce the risk of severe symptoms in the future.
The best way to know if you have TMJ is to seek a professional diagnosis from an experienced dentist. Common symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
These symptoms are indications that the muscles and tissues around the jaw joint are stressed. Frequently patients will need a mouth guard for teeth grinding. Treating the disorder with a night guard will reduce bad habits and relieve the muscle stress you are experiencing, which helps to resolve the symptoms by taking the strain off the muscles.
Our team at East Erie Dental is proactive about helping you find an accurate diagnosis and effective TMD treatment plan. We conduct a thorough examination to understand how your mouth and jaw are being affected, and if you have any temporomandibular joint disorders. Then, we work with each patient to design a customized treatment plan. Common treatment options include wearing a teeth grinding guard at night, massage, Botox injections, medication, and reducing habits such as chewing gum or frequent snacking.
We’d love to help you find relief from the pain. If you are interested in learning more about TMJ TMD treatment options, including a teeth guard, we invite you to schedule a consultation at East Erie Dental.