Grinding is outstanding if you’re making flour from wheat kernels or brewing coffee from fresh whole beans. However, when it comes to your teeth, grinding is not so great. Your jaw is powerful, meant for chewing even the toughest food into swallowable bits.
But when your jaw grinds without food, the wear is applied to your teeth and supporting tissues instead. Persistent teeth grinding can result in some severe symptoms, including a sore jaw and facial muscles, persistent headaches, sleep deprivation, and in terms of dental damage, you may suffer loose and even broken teeth.
Your TMJ: A Quick Anatomy Lesson
You open and close your mouth probably more times in a typical day than you can count. Eating, talking, and chewing gum are all things you do without even thinking. But without your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, and the muscles associated with it, your mouth would be stuck.
Each of your TMJs (you have one on each side of your face) consists of a ball and socket separated by a soft disc of tissue similar to what you have in your spine. The disc cushions the joint, lessens frictions, and permits your jaw to open widely and in different directions as needed.
But if you have TMJ Disorder, your jaw may have alignment or other issues, causing the following symptoms:
- Jaw pain and stiffness
- Chronic headaches
- Pain while chewing, yawning, or talking
- Popping or clicking in your jaw
- Tinnitus or persistent ringing in your ears
How We Address TMJ Disorder
At Elk Grove Smile Center, Dr. Vishal Advani will likely recommend a dental appliance for treating your jaw pain caused by TMJ disorder. We custom-make these appliances to fit your teeth comfortably and tightly. You will wear this appliance, also called a mouthguard, at night while you sleep.
We offer multiple appliance designs depending on your particular type of problem. For example, an appliance for treating TMJ disorders will support your jaws in a slightly open position, which relieves joint pressure. Over time, this relief will lessen your inflammation and discomfort, and your symptoms will diminish over time.
Treating TMJ Disorders in Elk Grove, IL
Are you suffering from jaw pain? Do you wake up with headaches and sore facial muscles? If so, you may respond to TMJ disorder treatments. Call our office today to schedule an examination with Dr. Advani. He can diagnose the problem and work with you to create a non-invasive treatment to relieve your pain.