TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a disorder where the joint connecting your upper and lower jaw is not working properly due to injury, stress or misalignment. This joint is responsible for the forward, backward and side-to-side movement of the lower jaw. If there are any problems with this joint, the condition is usually due to TMJ disease (also called TMD). You may be suffering from TMJ disease if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
If you think you may be suffering from TMJ disease, we recommend you contact us today to schedule an evaluation with us. Our dentist will review your symptoms with you and determine your treatment plan if necessary. Your treatment will vary depending on the severity of your condition; it can include simple lifestyle changes, jaw and facial relaxation exercises, a mouth or night guard or jaw surgery.
A TMJ orthotic is a special mouth guard designed to protect your teeth from bruxism, or teeth grinding, or pain related to TMJ. Teeth grinding can cause damage to your smile over time, so if our dentist and team suspect your TMJ may be related to bruxism, they may recommend a TMJ orthotic to protect your smile. Many people are unaware of whether they suffer from teeth grinding, as it occurs at night while they sleep. If you are suffering from bruxism, you may be experiencing the following symptoms:
If you suspect you are suffering from bruxism, we recommend you visit our dentist for your very own custom-made TMJ orthotic. Your orthotic device will be designed to fit comfortably and effectively protect your teeth from damage, ensuring the lasting health of your smile. To learn more about our orthotic appliances and how they protect your smile from the negative effects of teeth grinding, we encourage you to contact us today!