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Evaluating The Claims of TMJ Pillow Marketers

TMJ pillows are a relatively recent addition to the market. Made for both side and back sleepers, there are a variety of pillows available in a range of many shapes and configurations. One thing they all have in common is their claim that they can help to prevent TMJ disorder symptoms like jaw, facial, and neck pain. Manufacturers say the pillows accomplish this by helping to align your spine during sleep. The problem is, spine alignment is not necessarily an effective treatment for TMJ disorder. To help reduce the impact of TMJ disorder on your nightly sleep, a biteguard like the CustMbite Nightguard can be much more effective. 

What exactly is TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorder occurs when your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, comes out of alignment or when the cartilage around the jaw is compromised for any reason. One of the most common symptoms of TMJ disorder is a popping or crackling noise when chewing or yawning. TMJ can also come about as part of the result of a blow to the face or jaw. No matter which issue is causing your TMJ, its symptoms can cause a lot of pain. 

There are a number of potential causes of TMJ disorder, and some of the most common are listed here:

  • Physical injury – If you’re hit in the head and the temporomandibular joint gets knocked out of alignment, you may end up with TMJ disorder.
  • Arthritis – Arthritis can cause the cartilage around the TMJ to break down, causing pain when moving the jaw.
  • Grinding or clenching the teeth during sleep – This is called bruxism and it can contribute to TMJ disorder by knocking your jaw out of alignment.
  • Dental surgery – Surgery may cause TMJ disorder if the surgeon has compromised any area of your TMJ.
  • Infections – Infections can cause swelling, which can lead to your jaw joint being pushed out of alignment.
  • Hormonal causes – Because women suffer TMJ disorder at a much higher rate than men, researchers believe there may be a hormonal cause of the disorder.
  • Environmental causes – The activities you participate in may have an effect on your TMJ. For example, violinists experience TMJ disorder at a higher rate than the general public because holding their instrument under their jaw causes excess strain to the TMJ.

The symptoms of TMJ disorder can be sorted into three specific categories:

Pain. The most obvious pain caused by TMJ disorder is felt in the jaw. This may present itself as a soreness upon waking or pain felt when moving the jaw, such as when chewing or yawning. There are also other painful symptoms that can be attributed to TMJ disorder. Headaches or migraines, neck or back aches, and pain in or around the ear may all be symptoms of TMJ disorder. 

Sound. Jaw sounds tend to occur when you’re moving your jaw, like when you’re eating, talking, or just opening and closing your mouth for any reason. While jaw noises like popping, crackling, clicking, or even grinding can be harmless, take action if these sounds are accompanied by pain or soreness. 

Restricted movement. Untreated TMJ disorder can lead to a restricted range of motion that may prevent your mouth from opening or closing fully. This can cause severe discomfort and affect essential activities like speaking and eating. If you’re suffering from this symptom of TMJ disorder, it’s time to talk to a doctor.

How does the CustMbite Nightguard help alleviate pain from TMJ disorder?

Unlike a pillow for TMJ, the CustMbite Nightguard gets directly to the source of the problem. Because the painful symptoms of TMJ often occur after sleeping due to the clenching and grinding of teeth during sleep, a sleep guard can help alleviate the pain. 

The CustMbite Nightguard is made of our patented VistaMaxx material designed by dental professionals. We created a high-quality product that you can trust. It does not absorb bacteria or saliva, so it’s easy to clean and safe to use night after night. VistaMaxx is strong enough to keep your teeth from clenching or grinding at night while also being thin and flexible enough for you to be comfortable while wearing your nightguard.

For additional comfort, the CustMbite Nightguard is designed to be molded precisely to fit your teeth. This helps to keep the nightguard comfortably in place while you’re sleeping. And if you have braces, don’t worry. You can mold the CustMbite Nightguard right over your braces. When your teeth move, you can simply remold the nightguard as many times as you need. There’s no need to purchase a second sleep guard.

How do I purchase a CustMbite Nightguard for myself?

If you’re looking for an affordable and effective way to address TMJ disorder pain, try the CustMbite Nightguard. Order the best sleep mouthguard online today and experience the difference that wearing CustMbite can make!

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