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If you’ve noticed that your jaw makes popping sounds when you chew, talk, or even yawn, you may have a condition called TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. The #1 go-to treatment for TMJ disorder is a custom-fit nightguard like our CustMbite Nightguard. TMJ disorder happens when your jaw bone comes out of alignment. The temporomandibular joint normally acts like a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull.
There are a few ways your jaw can come out of alignment. One is arthritis. Arthritis degrades the connective tissue in your temporomandibular joint and introduces the potential of allowing the bones to grind against each other in an uncomfortable or painful way. Another possible cause of TMJ disorder is a blow to the face or jaw. This can pop the jaw out of alignment and cause mild discomfort or severe pain. Also, habits like chewing the inside of your cheeks or lips, or even chewing gum, can cause your jaw to come out of alignment. If there is a history of TMJ disorder in your family, consider doing all you can to stop these habits, as TMJ disorder is also sometimes hereditary.
MORE SYMPTOMS OF TMJ DISORDER
Besides TMJ’s distinctive sounds, there are other symptoms that may indicate you have TMJ disorder. If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, you might want to have a visit with your doctor or dentist to see if you do indeed have TMJ disorder.
- Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw, neck, or shoulders. TMJ disorder pain can spread from the jaw area to any of these other areas.
- Earaches that are not caused by a problem with your ear. If you have unexplained earaches, you may see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist to determine whether TMJ disorder is the cause.
- Pain or pressure when you try to open your mouth wide.
- Your jaw gets stuck or locked either open or closed, and you have to make an effort to pop it back into place.
- Clicking, popping, or grating noises in your jaw joint when you open and close your mouth. This could occur when you’re chewing, yawning, or just talking. This is one of the most common signs of TMJ disorder. The noises may or may not be accompanied by pain or discomfort.
- A tired, sore feeling in your face overall.
- Discomfort when you bite down, as though your bottom and top teeth are suddenly not fitting together properly.
- Swelling on the side of your face where your jaw meets your skull.
- Toothaches, headaches, earaches, or neck aches may also be a result of TMJ disorder.
- In some cases, your hearing may be affected. Because the ear canal is so close to the jaw, swelling in the joint can cause problems in the ear canal. Hearing loss is one of the most severe symptoms of TMJ disorder.
- Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is another way TMJ disorder can affect your aural canal.
We developed the CustMbite Nightguard with the help of dental professionals and materials scientists for your comfort and the alleviation of your pain. To ensure a proper fit, instructions are included with each nightguard on how to mold it to your teeth. This customized fit serves a couple of purposes. First, it makes it more comfortable to wear. Many nightguards that are not customizable are big and bulky and not at all easy to wear. Ours fits perfectly to your teeth, which also makes it easier to keep in all night, even if you tend to toss and turn a lot.
Our nightguard is made with our patented VistaMaxx material. This is a polymer that is soft and flexible enough to be completely comfortable, allowing you to talk or even drink water with the nightguard in your mouth. At the same time, it’s tough enough to stand up to your teeth as they attempt to grind and clench, a frequent symptom of TMJ disorder that happens when you sleep. VistaMaxx is also clear and remains that way. It does not absorb bacteria, saliva, or food particles, so it’s easy to clean and keep clear as long as you use it.
In addition to over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen or naproxen, a customized nightguard is the most common and effective way to ameliorate the symptoms of TMJ disorder. It is preferred in all but the most severe cases, which may require surgery.