TMJ disorder is a general term used to describe discomfort or dysfunction in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. It can be attributed to several potential factors. The primary cause of your TMJ disorder symptoms will influence the treatment strategy that Dr. Chase Bennett advocates.
Grinding your teeth at night can also cause inflammation and other complications in the temporomandibular joints. It can affect the joints as well as the complex muscles and connective tissues that move your jaw. At the same time, it could also cause chips on multiple teeth.
One easy way to mitigate this effect is to sleep with a dental guard in your mouth. This is a soft plastic mouthpiece that you insert in your mouth shortly before going to sleep at night or even during the day, and it will cushion your teeth.
Some people complain that the dental guards sold in stores feel uncomfortable. If you feel this way Dr. Chase Bennett can help fit you for a custom dental guard at his orthodontic clinic. It will be custom shaped to match your unique bite pattern. The modest amount of slip it allows can reduce the tension and resulting inflammation in the temporomandibular joints.
If you live in the Arvada, Colorado, area and you have been experiencing discomfort in your temporomandibular joints, you should call 303.421.2696 to schedule an appointment at Craniofacial Pain Center Of Colorado.