TMJ and Wisdom Teeth

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Wisdom teeth or TMJ: what’s the cause of your pain?

If you’re experiencing pain in your jaw, Wisdom teeth don’t necessarily themselves cause TMJ, but the consequences of not getting them removed could put you at higher risk for developing TMJ in the future. It’s important to get the diagnosis right, so your dentist will look for specific signs to determine if you have one or the other. If you are diagnosed with TMJ, your dentist will suggest one or a combination of methods designed to relieve your TMJ pain, such as TMJ mouthpieces. CustMbite TMJ mouthguards are a great way to be proactive about your TMJ symptoms and support good jaw health.

What are the shared symptoms of TMJ and impacted wisdom teeth?

There are several shared symptoms between TMJ and wisdom teeth that need to be removed, and at first, the two may seem almost identical to you. The most common symptoms shared by impacted wisdom teeth and TMJD are:

  • Constant pain in the back of the mouth and jaw
  • Bite feels “off” because teeth are shifting from bruxing/wisdom teeth are moving other teeth out of position
  • Teeth pain caused by bruxism

If your pain is caused by impacted wisdom teeth, the solution is usually simple. Most people can have them removed by a skilled dentist or oral surgeon, resolving the majority of the discomfort after a brief recovery. However, if your pain is caused by TMJ, there will be additional signs. For example, if you experience clicking or popping in your jaw or trouble fully opening your mouth, you will need to discuss the best course of action with a dentist.

What are some of the treatment options available for TMJ?

The vast majority of people who suffer from the symptoms of TMJ will benefit most from a “less is best” approach. If you decide to see an acupuncturist or a doctor of chiropractic, you can benefit from the work you do together by supporting your teeth with a TMJ mouthguard. Wearing a mouthguard for TMJ allows your jaw the opportunity to relax and recover, and it can also provide additional protection to your teeth, particularly if your TMJ is aggravated by bruxism.

What’s the best way to relieve TMJ pain?

The vast majority of people who suffer from the symptoms of TMJ will benefit most from a “less is best” approach. If you decide to see an acupuncturist or a doctor of chiropractic, you can benefit from the work you do together by supporting your teeth with a TMJ mouthguard. Wearing a mouthguard for TMJ allows your jaw the opportunity to relax and recover, and it can also provide additional protection to your teeth, particularly if your TMJ is aggravated by bruxism.

The CustMbite difference

If your dentist has recommended a TMJ mouthpiece, you’ve got a wealth of options. The problem is, the mouthguards for TMJ that are offered by dentists are frequently prohibitively expensive, and sometimes require you to return to the office more than once for fitting and shaping. Over-the-counter options aren’t much better, providing protection through thick, bulky guards that get gross fast. CustMbite TMJ mouthguards solved these problems and more:

  • Easy to set up: Our mouthguards are made of VistaMaxx, our patented fitting material. All you need to get a custom-fit mouthguard are a microwave and a bowl of cold water. Zap, dip, bite - you’ve got your very own TMJ mouthguard in less than two minutes. Plus, CustMbite guards can be remolded without losing any of their durability or decreasing their retentiveness. That means you can safely remold your mouth guard for TMJ if you have your wisdom teeth removed, unlike most OTC TMJ mouthguards that are one-and-done.
  • Easy to wear: VistaMaxx allows CustMbite mouthguards for TMJ to be extremely thin without sacrificing any of their protective qualities. You can kiss bulky, uncomfortable at-home TMJ mouthpieces goodbye. Our guards are thin enough to let you speak clearly, sip water mess-free, and breathe easily, so you can wear them comfortably all night long.
  • Easy to care for: Our FDA-cleared mouthguards are free of harmful compounds like PVC, BP, phthalates, and latex, and they’re nonporous. You can wash away germs and saliva using just water and a toothbrush or by tossing it into a dishwasher. Our TMJ mouthguard doesn’t require a lengthy process to get it spanking-clean before it goes back into your mouth, so it’s easier to incorporate into your lifestyle.

Try the best TMJ mouthguard available today

For the patients whose symptoms are caused by TMJ and not simply impacted wisdom teeth, there’s hope. At CustMbite, we deliver a mouthguard that is comfortable, easy to care for, and fits just as well (if not better) than the one you might get in a dentist’s office - all at the right price. In fact, many TMJ patients find that they’re able to reduce the effects of TMJ on their daily life, and in time, more than 4 out of 5 will fully recover from TMJ. TMJ mouthguards by CustMbite are designed to provide relief from the very first night. When you’re ready to enjoy a durable, yet comfortable mouthguard, buy the best TMJ mouthguard here.

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