Using A Mouthguard To Stop TMJ Pain


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TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, could lead to serious discomfort, including persistent headaches or jaw pain. The disorder is also linked to chronic teeth grinding, known as bruxism. To help bring relief and correct imbalance in your smile, your Houston, TX, dentist may recommend treatment with a custom-made oral appliance! In today’s blog, we’re going to explain the link and causes of these disorders, and how to stop the discomfort!

TMJ Disorder and Bruxism

The temporomandibular joints connect your jaw and skull, and are crucial for eating and speaking. However, if these vital joints undergo too much stress, TMJ disorder could form and cause trouble opening and closing your mouth. Untreated TMJ disorder could then lead to bruxism as well. Bruxism refers to chronic teeth grinding or clenching, a disorder that over time damages the teeth and increases the risk of serious complications, such as tooth decay and infection. For some, untreated bruxism itself could then lead to TMD. If you grind your teeth, then you could experience tooth sensitivity or worsening toothaches. Both of these issues could be the result of stress, changes in bite balance, misalignment, tooth loss, or injury to the face or jaw.

Warning Signs

With both disorders, people report several uncomfortable symptoms. For example, you could experience headaches and migraines, as well as jaw pain and facial aches. Neck and shoulder pain is common, as is a popping or crackling sensation in your jaw. If you begin to experience one or more of these potential warning signs, then don’t hesitate to contact our team today to discuss possible solutions. We want to prevent major complications, and safeguarding the stability of your smile!

Treatment with Oral Appliances

We could correct bite balance with the placement of a dental crown, or possibly with orthodontic treatment, such a clear aligners or braces. However, with an oral appliance we can often stop the discomfort and restore balance to the smile. We begin with detailed impressions and images being taken of your smile. We use the information to create an oral appliance, one that looks and fits much like a mouthguard. The appliance is worn as you sleep, and in the process helps reposition the jaw to ease pressure. The appliance also places a protective barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth, preventing further damage from grinding during the treatment process. If you have any questions about treating TMJ disorder or teeth grinding, then contact our team today.


MMC Dental understands how to approach diagnosing and treating issues like TMD or bruxism. To learn more about improving the balance and comfort of your smile, start by scheduling your next appointment at MMC Dental in Houston, TX by calling 713-926-8896.