Are you suffering from migraines, frequent headaches, jaw pain, or aching pain in your facial region? These are all symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ or TMD. This condition can make chewing, talking, and other daily activities painful and difficult. At Best Impression Dental, Dr. Burton provides a customized nightguard from our Medical Lake, WA dentist office to our patients who suffer from TMJ symptoms like headaches and jaw pain. We are proud to treat residents from the Medical Lake, Cheney, Airway Heights, Fairchild Air Force Base, and Davenport communities!
If you're suffering from these painful symptoms, Dr. Burton will perform a complete evaluation of your jaw and mouth to determine your best treatment options. You don’t need to keep suffering from headaches and jaw pain!
What Is TMJ?
TMJ is a common abbreviation for the Temporomandibular Joint which connects your lower jawbone to the base of your skull. A series of complex muscles, joint pads, and tendons help move and protect this joint while it is in motion.
Because this joint is one of the most frequently used joints in the human body, when it becomes inflamed, it can be extremely painful. Problems and pain associated with the TMJ are often referred to as simply “TMJ” or “TMJ Disorder.”
Symptoms of TMJ vary, but generally can include:
- Pain and tenderness around the jaw, ears, cheeks, and neck
- Stiffness in the jaw
- Painful chewing
- Pain while yawning
- Locking of the jaw
- Uncontrolled change of facial expression
- Changes in how the upper and lower teeth fit together
What Causes TMJ Symptoms?
Many things can contribute to the development of TMJ. Stress can be a factor, as well as anything that can cause tension in the jaw and surrounding muscle groups.
A few common causes can be:
- Grinding teeth or clenching your jaw (also referred to as bruxism)
- Injury to the neck or jaw from a trauma such as an auto accident
- Improper bite alignment
- Sleep apnea
- Dislocation or erosion of the joint
How Can A Night Guard Help?
Many times people are unaware they are clenching their jaw and grinding their teeth at night. If you are experiencing unexplained headaches or jaw pain, talk to us today about how a night guard might help.
These custom-designed oral appliances are made of durable plastic with a comfortable soft liner and are molded to comfortably fit your teeth.
Customized night guards can often give those suffering from TMJ symptoms these benefits:
- Reduced shoulder and neck pain
- Minimized lockjaw symptoms
- Reduced jaw discomfort when talking, chewing or yawning
- Alleviation of headaches caused by bruxism
- Reduction in jaw tension
Get Your Customized Night Guard From Best Impression Dental Today!
If you’re suffering from facial pain, jaw soreness, or persistent headaches, give our dentist office a call. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about how a night guard can help alleviate your TMJ symptoms.
Remember, our patients come from all over to receive the best dental treatment, including the Medical Lake, Cheney, Airway Heights, Fairchild Air Force Base, and Davenport communities!