Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint (or TMJ), and surrounding facial muscles. TMD can also develop from grinding and clenching teeth. The symptom most people notice is pain in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. These muscles might be sore to touch and it might also affect the opening of your mouth.
In many cases, it’s impossible to determine exactly what caused the problem to develop. Some who suffer from it report that they clench their jaw or grind their teeth. However, many people who clench their jaws or grind their teeth never develop any signs of TMD.
For most people who are suffering, the pain is mild or only occurs periodically. If you are experiencing minor, occasional jaw pain, mention it during your appointment with Iliff Family Dental. During all examinations, Dr. Christopher Henes completes a test of your jaw joint to see if there are any issues or problems.
A night guard is a device that keeps the upper and lower teeth from coming in direct contact. This prevents your teeth from grinding while you are sleeping. Also, if you are suffering from joint pain this will slightly open your joints while you are sleeping to allow blood flow into these joints. The blood flow allows for the removal of inflammation from these areas as well. The best night guards are custom fit night guards. These take two appointments. The first appointment we take impressions of your mouth and pour up the model. These models are sent to the lab where a custom night guard is fabricated. Once the night guard is fabricated you come in for your second appointment which is the delivery. At the delivery we check to make sure the night guard fits and adjust it so you are biting evenly on it.
Since a night guard is a new thing there will be some adjustments to wearing a night guard. It can take some time so don’t be concerned. In the beginning, it may feel weird to fall asleep with a foreign object in the mouth. With time, a person should get used to the appliance. To help you and your mouth to get use to your new night guard we recommend wearing it for short periods of time during the day. If it takes longer than a few weeks to sleep well, it may be wise for a person to visit his or her dentist.
Since no two mouths are the same, a customized night guard will fit comfortably, support oral health, and last a long time. Also, once you receive your night guard we recommend bringing it in every 6 months (during your cleaning appointment) so we can clean it along with checking your bite.
If you are interested in learning more about nightguards and TMD, call 303-695-0102 or book an appointment with our 5-star-rated dentist. We are conveniently located on Iliff near I-225. During your session, our experienced dentist and team will take the time to answer all your questions about our treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us! Come to experience Iliff Family Dental and our unmatched patient experience! You will quickly see why people in Aurora, CO love us