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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.
TMJ disorder is a common condition that causes pain, stiffness and other symptoms in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in the jaw. There are several possible underlying causes for TMJ disorder, which can result in everything from headaches to the inability to fully open and close the mouth in extreme cases. While TMJ disorder symptoms are sometimes temporary and eventually clear up on their own, treatment is often necessary to help relieve pressure and tension in the jaw, and to prevent permanent damage to the joint. Dr. John Kelly, a family dentist in Bethesda, MD, offers diagnosis and treatment for TMJ disorder.
TMJ Treatment in Bethesda, MD
One of the most common and effective treatment options is a night guard, which is custom designed from a mold of your teeth and worn over the the teeth while you sleep. If your jaw pain and TMJ disorder symptoms are caused by clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep (also known as bruxism), a night guard can help to protect your teeth and temporomandibular joint from excessive wear and tear, pain, and lasting damage.
Are You or a Member of Your Family Suffering from TMJ Disorder? Signs and Symptoms
The most common sign that you might be grinding your teeth in your sleep (bruxism affects approximately 1 out of every 12 people) or other symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Facial and/or jaw pain
- Locking or "popping" of the joint when you open and close your mouth
- Difficulty chewing food due to pain and tenderness in the jaw
Night guards can offer a number of benefits such as protecting your teeth and joint from long term damage, alleviating your jaw pain and headaches, and even improving the quality of your sleep.
Find a Family Dentist in Bethesda, MD
If you or a family member are suffering from jaw pain or other signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder, contact Bethesda Row Dental by calling (301) 657-3220 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelly today.