On either side of your head, just below your ears, is a system of complex muscles and joints that make it possible to open and close your jaw. The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ as it is commonly referred to, plays an important role in allowing you to swallow, chew and speak. When the TMJ becomes inflamed, it can cause discomfort, make it difficult to get through the day and interrupt sleep at night. Fortunately, your highly skilled dentist at Balmir-Thevenin & Associates, DDS, PA provides state-of-the-art care with customized 33176 night guards. Night guards are an effective solution for addressing the symptoms of TMJ disorder for many patients
If you are experiencing facial pain, locking of the jaw or a popping sound when you chew, these symptoms may indicate TMJ disorder, and should be discussed with your dentist right away. Your dentist will perform a comprehensive examination and use diagnostic films, as needed, to rule out other causes of your condition and determine the correct diagnosis. Your dentist will also test your bite and evaluate the movement of your jaw. TMJ disorder may be caused by myriad conditions, including arthritis, dislocation, injury, tooth and jaw misalignments, stress and teeth grinding. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can cause and exacerbate an existing condition of TMJ disorder. To address bruxism and alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorder, your dentist may recommend 33176 night guards. A night guard keeps your jaw in place to prevent pressure on the joints. Your dentist will take impressions to design a night guard that fits comfortably and works effectively. The night guard is worn over the top and bottom teeth, like a retainer, and is portable and easy to clean.
If you’re suffering from TMJ disorder, 33176 night guards may be the helpful appliances you need. At Balmir-Thevenin & Associates, DDS, PA, we provide solutions to improve your oral and overall health. To learn more, give us a call today.