The temporomandibular joints are the complex system of joints and muscles located beneath your ears, which hinge your upper and lower jaw. These joints allow you to open and close your mouth, and to move your lower jaw from side to side. If the movement of these joints is inhibited, you may suffer from TMJ disorder. At Affordable Family Dental, we provide Cicero night guards to help alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorder, improving your oral and overall health.
TMJ disorder can impede your ability to chew, speak or swallow. If you are experiencing facial pain, headaches or earaches, it’s important to discuss these symptoms with your dentist. Your dentist will check your jaw for tenderness, clicking, popping or issues with movement. TMJ disorders include arthritis, dislocation, injury, tooth and jaw misalignments, stress and teeth grinding. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can cause TMJ disorder or exacerbate an already existing TMJ disorder. Teeth grinding can also cause teeth to become worn down, chipped or cracked. A Cicero night guard can help prevent teeth grinding, by keeping your top and bottom teeth separated while you sleep, and eliminating excess strain and pressure on the joints in your jaw. Your dentist will take impressions and diagnostic films to customize a night guard that is suited to fit comfortably and work effectively. A night guard is worn over the teeth, similarly to a retainer, and is portable and easy to clean. To treat TMJ, your dentist may also recommend relaxation techniques, eating softer foods and exercises to strengthen the muscles around your mouth.
At Affordable Family Dental, your provider of Cicero night guards, we deliver the most advanced approaches to treating TMJ disorder. Our goal is to eliminate the discomfort and adverse health consequences of TMJ disorder, to improve your overall quality of life. To learn more, call today.