What is Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome?
The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. When this joint is injured or damaged, it can lead to a localized pain disorder called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome or temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Causes of TMJ disorders include injury to the teeth or jaw, misalignment of the teeth or jaw, teeth grinding or clenching, poor posture, stress, arthritis, and gum chewing.
The injured or inflamed temporomandibular joint leads to pain with chewing, clicking, crackling, and popping of the jaw; swelling on the sides of the face; nerve inflammation; headaches, including migraines; tooth grinding (bruxism); Eustachian tube dysfunction; and sometimes dislocation of the temporomandibular joint.
Some signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include:
How we can Help
Do you find yourself grinding your teeth when you’re stressed? What about when you’re asleep? Involuntary teeth grinding (bruxism) can do a number on your teeth and jaw, and many people don’t even realize they’re doing it. A custom-fitted nightguard is an easy way to give your jaw a rest and preserve your teeth.
Nightguards for TMJ/Bruxism
Night guards are also known as dental guards, mouth guards, nocturnal bite plates, or bite splints. They work by putting a barrier between your teeth. When you clench your jaw, the night guard helps to lighten the tension and give cushion to the muscles in the jaw. This cushioning not only helps to prevent face and jaw pain, but also protects the enamel of your teeth.