Do you often wake up with a headache in the morning? Have you even been experiencing migraine headaches? Both may be the result of nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, which can cause temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. In Arnold, MO, Drs. Jonathan Mears and Laura Mears of JL Dental practice TMJ therapy to help patients eliminate pain and enjoy comfort.
The temporomandibular joint is located on either side of your head just in front of the ears. TMD occurs when something interferes with the natural motion of this joint, which is hard at work when you chew, talk, and yawn, smile, or laugh out loud. However, if this joint cannot function properly, then the pain that results is no laughing matter.
In some cases, the pain is caused by bruxism, or nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, which exerts unnatural pressure on your teeth. If this is the case, then our dentists may use the NTI-tss splint for TMJ therapy. The NTI-tss separates your lower and upper back teeth and keeps your jaw in its proper position. Thus, teeth grinding and clenching are prevented and the resultant pain is avoided.
Other Symptoms of TMJ
Headaches are not the only sign that you may need TMJ therapy. Other common symptoms include jaw soreness; a popping or clicking sound when you open or close your mouth; facial swelling; an earache without infection; or unexplained tooth sensitivity. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may benefit from a custom-fitted night guard to prevent bruxism. After a thorough assessment of your teeth, bite and jaw—and this may necessitate x-rays—we’ll be able to determine if a night guard is the solution for you. If so, then an impression is made of your teeth in order to fabricate your custom night guard.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you are having any type of jaw, head or facial pain, call the office of JL Dental in Arnold, MO, today. Drs. Jonathan or Laura Mears will carefully analyze your pain and recommend the best TMJ treatment for you. Our office also serves patients in Oakville, Imperial, Barnhart and the surrounding communities.