TMJ Night Guard Therapy
If you’re waking up with sore, aching jaws you might benefit from night guard therapy.
Have you been told that you grind your teeth while you sleep? Do you notice jaw pain and stiffness, or are you suddenly waking up with headaches more often? If so, these could all be signs of a TMJ disorder. Many people with bruxism (teeth grinding) often develop a TMJ disorder as a result. Luckily, this painful jaw condition is something that our Bethesda, MD, dentist Dr. John Kelly can easily treat with the help of nightguard therapy.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Maybe you’re not sure whether you may be dealing with TMJ disorder. While this condition may go away on its own it’s possible that you may need to turn to your dentist for an intervention. Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder include,
- Teeth grinding
- Sore, achy jaws that may feel worse in the morning
- Stiff jaws
- Jaws that feel overworked or easily tired
- Ear pain
- Frequent headaches
- Pain when opening your mouth wide
- A clicking or popping sound when opening or closing your mouth
Types of Night Guards
Nightguards are custom made by our Bethesda, MD, dentist to fit your mouth. In order to create your night guard, we will need to take impressions of your teeth to get the proper measurements from which to craft your night guards. The type of material used to make your night guards will depend on the severity of your teeth grinding. For example, softer material may be used for those who have more minor bruxism while those with more severe teeth grinding and jaw clenching will most likely benefit from hard night guards made from a rigid material such as acrylic. This is something that you can discuss with your dentist during your consultation.
In order to see the best results, you will need to wear your night guard every night. It can take a couple of weeks to get used to this new device; however, getting a custom night guard means that it will provide superior protection and comfort over those commercial “one size fits most” night guards.
Interested in finding out whether TMJ night guards are the best option for treating your jaw problems and teeth clenching here in Bethesda, MD? If so, the next step is to call our team at Bethesda Row Dental at (301) 657-3220 to schedule an evaluation and to discuss your TMJ disorder treatment options. It’s time to say goodbye to jaw pain.