If you suffer from persistent facial pain or difficulty opening and closing your mouth, it’s time to talk to a dentist about TMJ disorder. A TMJ disorder is a prevalent condition that affects the important hinge joint in front of each ear, which articulates with your lower jaw. At Greater Annapolis Family Dental, we provide advanced treatment for TMJ with state-of-the-art, customized Crownsville night guards. A night guard can alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorder, improving your oral and overall health, as well as your quality of life.
The temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, are located on either side of your head, directly below your ears, making it possible to open and close your mouth, and to move your lower jaw from side to side. Any condition that causes the movement of these joints to become painful or inhibited is referred to as TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders have a wide variety of causes, including arthritis, dislocation, tooth and jaw misalignment, traumatic injury and tooth grinding. Tooth grinding, also called bruxism, can cause or exacerbate an already existing case of TMJ disorder. When you grind your teeth at night, it places excess strain on the joints in your jaw and can cause teeth to become worn down over time. Crownsville night guards are a highly effective approach for treating TMJ. Our dentist will take impression and use diagnostic films, as needed, to design a night guard that fits comfortably and functions optimally. The night guard fits over your upper and lower teeth, similar to an orthodontic retainer, and keeps your teeth slightly separated to alleviate pressure on the jaw. Our highly skilled dentist and professional staff will guide you on how to use and care for your Crownsville night guards, to receive the maximum benefits of your appliance.
At Greater Annapolis Family Dental, we provide the highest quality care to address all your oral health concerns. If you’re suffering from TMJ, don’t wait any longer. Give us a call today.