Jaw pain can be one of the most painful and frustrating things to experience for many. A sore or tired jaw makes it difficult to eat, speak and simply enjoy a normal lifestyle. For many people, the source of their jaw pain is their temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is the muscle that connects the jaw to the skull. When this muscle becomes damaged or overworked, patients frequently feel discomfort or have trouble performing natural functions. Those patients with a misaligned bite can also suffer from jaw pain, which in turn causes them to grind or clench their teeth at night. When you subconsciously grind and clench your teeth, you wear down the tooth structure, which can crack teeth or permanently damage them.
At Lynn Dental Care, we may recommend a variety of TMJ treatments to alleviate your jaw pain including customized nightguards, occlusal adjustments and orthodontics. Nightguards are mouth pieces that are worn while you sleep and prevent the jaw from excessive grinding as well as reposition the jaw into a proper position. Dr. Brock Lynn will design a nightguard that fits your mouth specifically. Having a custom mouthguard is much more comfortable to wear at night as it fits your teeth snuggly and won’t be as likely to fall out or distract you from sleep. The nightguards are made of high-quality plastic that will protect your teeth from excessive grinding and clenching, ensuring you won’t need repairs to your tooth structure in the future.
If your bite is off, you may have malocclusion that is putting undue stress on your TMJ. Depending on the severity of your case, orthodontics may be all you need to realign your bite with the added benefit of straightening your smile. In other cases, an occlusal adjustment will be advised to properly align your TMJ and correct your bite. Ultimately, our dental team at Lynn Dental Care will choose the most minimally invasive solution to help restore proper health and relieve your chronic jaw pain.