in Plant City, FL
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) dysfunction is an unfortunately common general dentistry disorder that can cause significant disruption to your life. Often, TMD results in jaw pain, restricted jaw movement, headaches, and more. While medications and TMJ exercises may temporarily relieve TMJ symptoms, one of the only real solutions for long-term relief is wearing a night guard. A night guard supports the upper teeth to prevent the lower teeth from pressing against them during sleep. This relieves pressure on the joints and reduces or eliminates TMJ pain by allowing optimal healing through proper realignment of your bite. If you suffer from recurring or chronic jaw pain or soreness, talk to Dr. Hussein Abdulameer at Inspired Dentistry of Plant City about investing in a night guard.
What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ for short, is a crucial and complex part of the human body. Located where the jawbone connects to the skull, this joint is responsible for various facial movements, including speaking, laughing, eating, and yawning. While it may seem like a simple hinge joint at first glance, the TMJ contains several intricate structures, such as ligaments, cartilage, and muscles, that work together to facilitate these movements. Unfortunately, this complexity also makes the TMJ susceptible to various problems, such as arthritis, injury, and stress. Understanding how this joint works can help prevent and alleviate such issues, making it an essential topic for anyone interested in caring for their oral health.
What are the Symptoms of TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. While the exact cause of this disorder is still unclear, several factors are believed to play a role in its development. One of the leading causes of TMJ disorder is prolonged clenching or grinding of teeth, also known as bruxism. This puts excessive pressure on the TMJ, leading to inflammation and pain. Trauma to the jaw or joint is another common cause of TMJ disorder, which can be caused by a blow to the face, a car accident, or a sports injury. Arthritis, stress, and poor posture are other factors that can contribute to the development of TMJ disorder. Understanding these causes is essential for effectively treating and preventing this common condition.
How Can a Custom-Fit Night Guard Help You Manage TMJ Symptoms?
TMJ pain can be a nuisance for many individuals, often leading to discomfort and inconvenience. A convenient way to alleviate this pain is by using night guards. Night guards are designed to prevent your teeth from grinding or clenching during sleep, one of the biggest culprits of TMJ pain. Using a night guard dramatically reduces the tension in your jaw, allowing your muscles to relax and have a restful night’s sleep. This can lead to fewer headaches, less clicking or popping when you open your jaw, and an overall reduction in pain. If you are struggling with TMJ pain, consider investing in a night guard to help relieve your discomfort and improve your quality of life.
Reduce TMJ Symptoms Today
TMJ pain can be debilitating, interrupting your daily life and making it difficult to complete even the simplest tasks. For many people, simply opening their mouth or speaking causes intense pain, while others experience constant low-grade discomfort that never seems to go away. But you don’t have to suffer in silence. Call (813) 754-2605 or message us to learn why wearing a night guard could make all the difference for those suffering from TMJ disorder!