Mouth Guards for TMJ
The temporomandibular joints, commonly referred to as TMJ, are two very important joints in your mouth. They are located on each side of your face where your mandible, or lower jaw, meets your skull. They are ball and socket joints with small discs in the center. These joints allow you to open and close your mouth, enabling you to eat, speak, yawn, and so much more. When you move your mouth, the discs function to absorb the forces exerted on the joints. When your TMJ is healthy, they function without you even knowing it. When the joints are irritated, inflamed, or otherwise injured, however, using your mouth can become excruciating. At North Atlanta Family Dentistry, we can help to alleviate your pain and restore proper functioning to your TMJ with a mouth guard.
TMJ disorder is a term that refers to issues affecting the health and functioning of your temporomandibular joints. When the joints are injured or irritated, they can become inflamed. You may also be faced with a significant amount of pain. The pain in your TMJ can interfere with the normal functions of your mouth. Basic tasks like eating and speaking both difficult and excruciating.
Causes of TMJ Disorder
There are a few different issues that can lead to TMJ disorder. Common causes include:
Signs of TMJ Disorder
When TMJ disorder first begins, you might not even be aware that there is an issue. This is because the symptoms begin gradually. As the cause of your TMJ disorder goes untreated, the symptoms begin to grow worse. Signs of TMJ disorder include:
Mouth Guards for TMJ
Treating TMJ disorder is essential for alleviating the symptoms and restoring your quality of life. A mouth guard is an oral appliance that is worn in your mouth while you sleep. It is similar in design to a sports guard and is designed to be worn over your top teeth. A mouth guard is a common treatment for bruxism. It functions to absorb the forces of grinding and clenching, taking the pressure off of your jaw muscles, your teeth, your jaw, and your TMJ. With symptoms alleviated, the pain is relieved, and your mouth can function normally again.
While you can get a mouth guard over the counter, we highly recommend having one custom made in our office. Over the counter mouth, guards may not fit properly. They can fall out while you sleep and interfere with your breathing, issues that can impact their effectiveness. The mouth guards we create are made from impressions of your mouth, which ensures an optimal fit. We also use the highest quality materials, creating a mouth guard that will last.
With a mouth guard, we can help you to protect your temporomandibular joints, alleviating the pressure that grinding and clenching places on them. With a mouth guard, your mouth can function normally, and your quality of life is greatly improved. Call North Atlanta Family Dentistry today at (470) 387-0500 for more information and to find out if a mouth guard is right for you.