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TMJ DISORDER AND TREATMENT OPTIONS
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is like a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. There’s one on each side of your jaw. TMJ disorders can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the many different muscles that control your jaw’s movement. It can be hard to determine the exact cause of TMJ disorder in a patient because several causes can be acting together to cause the discomfort. In most cases, the discomfort caused by TMJ disorder can be mitigated using a quality nightguard such as our CustMbite Nightguard. In the most severe cases, you may need a TMJ splint or even surgery, but most cases are not serious enough to require these types of expensive interventions.
SYMPTOMS, CAUSES, AND RISK FACTORS FOR TMJ DISORDER
If you suspect you may have TMJ disorder, there are a few signs that can help you determine if you do or not. One symptom of TMJ disorder is pain or tenderness in and around the temporomandibular joint or in your jaw in general. You may also experience aching pain in and around your ear without there being any actual harm to your ear or ear canal. This is because the temporomandibular joint is so close to the ear and any swelling in it is likely to restrict the flow of fluid through your ear canal.
Another symptom of TMJ disorder is difficulty chewing or experiencing pain when chewing. You may experience aching pain all through your face. Your jaw joint may lock up making it difficult to open or close your mouth, requiring you to “pop” your mouth open or closed. The most common and obvious sign of TMJ disorder is a clicking noise or grating sensation when you chew, yawn, or even speak.
While each of these symptoms can indicate TMJ disorder, you only need to seek medical attention if you have persistent pain or tenderness in your jaw or if you can’t open or close your jaw completely.
The TMJ combines a hinge action with sliding motions. The bones that interact in the joint are covered with cartilage and separated by a small shock-absorbing disk, which normally keeps the movement smooth. Based on this, there are three known causes of TMJ disorder. The first occurs when the disk erodes or moves out of proper alignment. The second is when the cartilage is damaged by arthritis. The third known cause is when the joint is damaged due to a blow or other impact. Although these three causes are known, there are many cases of TMJ disorder in which the cause never becomes clear.
Certain risk factors may increase your risk of developing TMJ disorder. Arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, increase your likelihood of experiencing TMJ disorder. Another risk factor is a jaw injury. Long-term bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching, can lead to TMJ disorder as well. There are connective tissue diseases that can cause problems affecting the TMJ, which is another risk factor for developing the disorder.
The CustMbite Nightguard is the best nightguard on the market for those who suffer from mild to moderate cases of TMJ disorder. It’s made of our patented VistaMaxx material, which was designed with the help of dental professionals for your comfort and superior protection. VistaMaxx is strong enough to withstand your nocturnal attempts at teeth grinding and clenching while being flexible and comfortable to wear.
The CustMbite Nightguard is also designed to be custom-fit to your teeth. This helps with the comfort factor as well as ensuring the nightguard will stay in your mouth all night. Plain nightguards that aren’t customized to your bite tend to end up on the pillow instead of helping keep your teeth from clenching and grinding together. Our nightguard can be worn by you if you have braces or if you don’t. Simply see the detailed directions on how to fit the guard to your teeth when you first receive it and you will have it fitted and ready to wear in just a couple of minutes.
Because many children suffer from bruxism, which can lead to TMJ disorder, we make our nightguards in both adult and petite sizes. We even make them in five colors to give you more choice about how to protect your teeth from the effects of TMJ disorder.
The CustMbite Nightguard has been evaluated and cleared by the FDA and is free from phthalates, PVC, BPA, and latex. It does not absorb water, saliva, or bacteria, so it’s easy to keep clean—just wash it with soap and water in the morning when you brush your teeth and store it in its ventilated case. Order the best TMJ disorder nightguard online today and your teeth will thank you!