Do you wake up in the morning and experience severe headaches? In fact, have you been suffering from numerous headaches throughout the day? Do you also struggle with neck or jaw pain, without any explanation as to why? Many patients don’t realize just how many side effects can be caused by Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, including headaches and pain throughout the jaw, neck and even in the ears. TMJ, as it is typically called, can be caused by a number of factors. Thankfully, your dentist can likely help treat your condition, so that you can begin chewing more comfortably and sleeping more soundly, without fear of TMJ pain interrupting your life!
Reasons TMJ Requires Prompt Treatment
TMJ is a condition that can either be caused by misalignment of the teeth, in which case orthodontic treatment is often the best treatment, or by subconscious teeth grinding, which can actually be a symptom and/or a cause of TMJ. In the case of teeth grinding, a dentist can often help reverse the symptoms of TMJ through minimally invasive treatment.
Keep Your Jaw Comfortable with a Customized Mouthguard
Custom mouthguards, similar to the kind worn during many sporting events, help to prevent subconscious teeth grinding as one sleeps, which is called bruxism. This, in turn, can help to reverse the other side effects of TMJ, including headaches and jaw pain. It can also help prevent undue wear on the teeth, which might eventually require restorative treatment, such as a dental crown to protect fragile teeth.