If you grind your teeth, you may have noticed it can damage your tooth enamel, even causing chips and cracks that may need restorative repair. Worse, it can result in unseen damage, a TMJ disorder. With this disorder, your temporomandibular joints become inflamed, causing painful symptoms such as chronic headaches and an aching jaw. We can ease pressure on your jaw with TMJ treatment in Calallen Corpus Christi, giving it a chance to heal.Pain Relief for Your Jaw and Teeth Read Transcript
Today's society is very stressful, very high pace. Lots of patients tend to clench in their sleep. They don't even know that they do this. They come in. What we do is when we do our comprehensive exam, we look in the mouth and we look at the teeth. The importance of this is fracturing teeth, grinding on your teeth, continuing to do that can actually cause your teeth to break. It can even cause exposed root canal, nerve problems, a lot of pains associated with this.
So what we do here at Sabal is we assess that, make the patient aware. We take photos and show them, “This is what a healthy normal tooth looks like. Maybe this is what your tooth looks like from grinding.” And what we try to do is stabilize that dentition, protect those teeth.
There are some ways to do this, but the main thing that we usually use here is we place them into a night guard. Now what a night guard is, it's kind of like a retainer. It's not very large. Patients in the past that I've spoke with, they're like, “Oh, yeah, I used to have a night guard. I can't wear it, it's too big.
Our treatment will:
- Help you regain full range of motion with your jaw so you can easily open and close your mouth
- Relieve painful symptoms like earaches and headaches
- Make it easier for you to get a good night’s rest
- Stop jaw clenching and teeth grinding, two habits that put pressure on your jaw and can damage your teeth
- Keep TMJ pain from spreading to other areas, like your neck and shoulders
If you think you could have a TMJ disorder, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists by calling 361-317-7226.
Ease Your TMJ Pain With A Custom Mouthguard
Though several factors may contribute to a TMJ disorder, many people who suffer from TMJ pain grind their teeth and/or clench their jaws, two habits often linked to stress. It is often hard to identify these behaviors, as many people do them only during the night while they sleep. Our dentists look for wear and tear and other signs of damage caused by grinding during every dental exam. Some people are tipped off by other members of their household or routinely awaken with a sore jaw.
If we find evidence of these damaging habits, we can fit you for a custom mouthguard. While making dental impressions can be painful for those suffering from TMJ disorders, our digital scanning technology ensures it will be a comfortable process for you.
A custom-fit mouthguard made in-house will:
- Protect your teeth from damage caused by grinding
- Move your jaw into a position that helps keep it relaxed
- Fit more comfortably in your mouth than a mouthguard purchased from a store
For TMJ treatment in Calallen Corpus Christi, call Sabal Dental at 361-317-7226 or .