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The temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull, is known as the TMJ. However, when most people talk about TMJ, they are referring to TMJ disorder or dysfunction. This condition occurs when the temporomandibular joint is out of line or damaged. TMJ disorder can be very painful, and not just at the site of the joint. There are short- and long-term effects from which you may suffer if you are diagnosed with TMJ. Continue reading to learn more about the effects of TMJ and how the CustMbite Nightguard can help mitigate these often-painful issues.
Pain is one of the most common effects of TMJ disorder, including pain at the site of the temporomandibular joint. You may also experience pain in your face, ear, jaw, or mouth as you talk, chew, yawn, or clench or grind your teeth while sleeping. Because TMJ disorder involves a misalignment of the joint, it may cause the bones of the TMJ to rub together or damage the ligaments or joint cushion.
When the temporomandibular joint is out of alignment, other muscles and ligaments in your face, neck, and shoulders may overcompensate as you complete normal tasks like eating or talking. This pain may be acute, happening only when you move the jaw, or it may be chronic, occurring even when your jaw is at rest.
You may also experience the same sensations as you do when you have a toothache. If your dentist finds nothing wrong with your teeth, the pain could be a symptom of TMJ. You may also experience difficulty chewing, which can cause problems in your everyday life. Another disturbing side effect can be the popping or crackling sounds made by your jaw when you chew, talk, or yawn.
TMJ is a serious disorder that needs early treatment. The long-term effects of TMJ disorder may become more severe as time goes by. One common TMJ symptom is migraine headaches that increase in severity. Persistent migraines can have a real impact on your ability to live a normal life, as they can be completely debilitating while they occur. These may also be caused due to the stress placed on the muscles around the TMJ becoming fatigued as they help to perform the tasks usually performed by the temporomandibular joint.
When your jaw is out of alignment, other areas of the body can be affected over the long term as well. First, you may experience pain or weakness in your neck, back, or shoulders. You may even end up feeling an ache in your hips and other joints. In fact, as time goes on, untreated TMJ disorder may cause alignment issues in other joints, leading to even greater discomfort in various parts of your body. It’s hard to believe that damage to one small joint can cause such a wide range of painful symptoms, but it’s true.
Your hearing may also be affected by TMJ. When the jaw area is inflamed as a result of TMJ disorder, this can have an adverse effect on your hearing. The area surrounding your ear canal is very sensitive, and untreated TMJ disorder may have a negative impact on your hearing. A severe case can even cause tinnitus or other types of damage that can lead to hearing loss.
During the day, you can control most, if not all, of the behaviors that irritate the temporomandibular joint to find some TMJ relief. Of course, you can’t stop eating, but you can choose not to chew gum. You can also be mindful not to grind your teeth or clench your jaw. But while you’re sleeping, you can’t prevent yourself from grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw. That’s where a TMJ nightguard comes into play. A custom-fitted sleep guard like the CustMbite Nightguard can protect your jaw from the effects of clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep. This gives your TMJ a good rest and may even mitigate the effects of TMJ disorder in your daily life.
The CustMbite Nightguard is made of our patented VistaMaxx material, which we developed with the help of dental professionals. It is thin enough to be comfortable enough to wear all night long, yet strong enough to relieve the pressure caused by bruxism. It’s an easy way to reduce the pain of TMJ disorder symptoms and may help to prevent excessive wear on your teeth. If you want the best TMJ nightguard available, the CustMbite Nightguard is right for you.
The CustMbite Nightguard is easy to use and easy to care for. You can customize it to your mouth in just a couple of minutes, and if you ever need to re-mold it, you can easily do so. When you wake up, simply rinse it or toss it in the dishwasher, and you’re good to go. Be prepared to feel fresher and sleep better by ordering the best TMJ nightguard today.