TMJ disorders (TMDs) are both common and mysterious. Common, because more than 10 million Americans may be affected by them; mysterious, because no one knows what causes TMD. Many TMD sufferers also have a neurological disorder called bruxism that causes them to grind their teeth while sleeping and at other times. Our Peabody, MA dentists use custom mouthguards for TMJ treatment.The mouthguards stop teeth grinding and shift your jaw into a position that relieves tension on your temporomandibular joints (TMJ).
A custom mouthguard will:
- Ease the jaw pain that is the primary symptom of a TMD
- Relieve related symptoms such as chronic headaches and migraines
- Stop the grinding that can damage your teeth
- Be comfortable to wear
- Cost less than some other forms of treatment such as orthodontics
In addition to a mouthguard, we may be able to suggest some TMJ exercises to relieve pain. For more information on TMD treatment, call 978-705-6051.
Ask About Conservative Treatment With a Noninvasive Mouthguard
Because the causes of TMD aren’t clear, it’s best to begin with the most conservative form of treatment possible. With TMD, that’s a custom mouthguard that gently moves your jaw into a position that relieves tension on your joints and prevents damaging tooth grinding. You may only need to wear it at night while you sleep. Our dentists will measure your mouth to ensure a perfect fit. It’s more comfortable and affordable than other forms of TMD treatment, which can include orthodontics and even surgery.
See Us for a TMJ Consultation If You Have Jaw Pain
If you have chronic jaw pain, it’s a good idea to see our dentists for a consultation. Don’t delay if you’re experiencing multiple symptoms. We’ll examine your TMJs, which connect your jaw to your skull. They are used for chewing, yawning, speaking, and many other movements.
In addition to jaw pain, other TMJ symptoms include:
- Popping or cracking of the jaw
- Chronic earaches
- Shoulder pain
- Difficulty opening or closing your jaw
Don’t put up with chronic jaw pain or headaches related to your jaw. Call 978-705-6051 to schedule a TMJ treatment consultation.