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TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), refers to a group of disorders affecting the joint that joins the jaw to the skull (temporomandibular joint or TMJ). This disorder often results in discomfort or pain, difficulty with the jaw, earaches, and migraines. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms from TMJ or from teeth grinding, seek relief with TMJ treatment in Baton Rouge, LA. Our 5-star-rated dentist will assess your symptoms and recommend appropriate therapies that can improve TMJ and teeth grinding.
There are many causes of TMJ, including, but not limited to:
- Trauma to the jaw or TMJ
- Grinding of the teeth
- Jaw clenching
- Misaligned bite
- Poor posture
- Disease or illness
Symptoms of TMJ may include:
- Prevalent pain or soreness in the jaw, especially at certain times of the day
- A popping or clicking sound when the mouth is opened or closed
- Trouble opening and closing the mouth or chewing
- Misaligned bite
- An earache not caused by infection
- A toothache not caused by infection or other dental health issues
- Jaw pain when chewing, biting, yawning, or speaking
- A ‘locked’ or stiff jaw when chewing, biting, yawning, or speaking
- Recurring tension headaches or migraines, especially if present upon waking
- Recent changes to your bite
Grinding your teeth while sleeping can be a severe problem because it can cause significant decay and damage to the surface of your teeth, and diminish their life expectancy and function. If your teeth are injured from grinding and clenching your teeth while sleeping, we offer night guards to prevent injury to your teeth while you sleep.
Night guards help protect your teeth and provide a barrier between the upper and lower teeth during nighttime grinding. Down the road, night guards may also help you avoid paying unnecessary costs in dental restorations. We customize your night guard to fit the dimensions of your mouth and protect your teeth. Because your night guard is fitted for you individually, it will stay in your mouth comfortably when you are sleeping and make it easier for you to breathe.
If you tend to suffer from headaches or facial pain due to teeth grinding, your night guard can help with this, too! This type of pain is often caused by the overuse of and strain on your facial muscles that occurs from teeth clenching or grinding. When you wear your night guard to sleep, the occlusal appliance can lessen muscle activity in your jaw. That means less muscle strain to cause pain.
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