Every time you eat, speak, laugh, or yawn, you’re relying on one of the smallest but most important joints in your body. Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the hinge just below your ears that you probably don’t even think about until it stops working the way it should. We can ease your pain with TMJ treatment in Colorado Springs, CO.Image Title: youtube thumbnail - Y4Uj7VhsJZs Preserve your teeth and get out of pain Read Transcript
There's a lot of reasons for jaw pain. Sometimes it's injury. Sometimes it's just joint degeneration. Sometimes it's just muscles. You know, there's a lot of stress out there in the world, and a lot of people do take the stress out by clenching their teeth. Sometimes it's how the teeth meet each other. You maybe have a great smile, but how your teeth are not playing nice together can contribute to muscle spasming, headaches, difficulty chewing, popping and clicking joints. So, what we need to do is just do a good assessment of where we think that source is coming from.
Then, that will give us the right avenue to help patients get out of any discomfort or concerns that they have about their jaw joints. So, as we're evaluating a patient for what their jaw concerns are, it could be something as simple as making an occlusal guard that they wear at night. Sometimes it might be related to sleep apnea, where their jaw positions need to be in a different position so that they're not snoring and their airway is not at risk. So, that could be another type of an appliance because bruxism or clenching and grinding your teeth is highly associated with sleep apnea. So, we always wanna rule that out as something that can be going on.
Oftentimes, joint pains can be a whole layer of things that are happening because of a trauma or something like that. You know, we certainly do want to find out what's the most simple solution to take care of the problem, but we first have to kinda figure out what the problem is and why it's happening, and then we can start addressing that. So we treat a lot of patients here with TMJ problems.
At Schope Dental, we can provide you with a custom oral appliance that will:
- Fit your mouth snugly and comfortably while you sleep
- Give your jaw the chance to heal naturally over time
- Provide fast relief from chronic jaw and head pain
- Ease muscle tension in your face, neck, and shoulders
- Restore your ability to chew food comfortably
- Allow you to get a better night’s sleep
- Reduce your risk for damaging your tooth enamel
With our thorough evaluation of your TMJ problems, we will be able to guide you toward the most effective solution so you can live pain-free. Call 719-675-5238 today to schedule an appointment.
Wear a Custom Mouthguard for Relief & Healing
When your jaw joint is shifted out of alignment from teeth grinding, overuse, or an injury, you won’t just feel the consequences in that area alone. TMJ disorders can come with rather unpleasant symptoms, like:
- Frequent painful headaches or migraines
- Tension and soreness in the jaw, neck, and shoulders
- Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
- Earaches and facial swelling or tenderness
- Clicking noises in the joint when you chew
All that is bad enough, but this condition can also put your dental health at risk because you may begin to unknowingly grind your teeth. Teeth grinding can damage enamel and leave you vulnerable to harmful bacteria that causes cavities and gum disease. If necessary, we’ll provide restorative dental care to repair fractured or worn teeth.
We’ll figure out whether your jaw problems are muscular or joint-related and determine whether you would benefit from a custom mouthguard that you wear while you sleep. It will prevent you from grinding your teeth at night, relieve TMJ disorder symptoms, and end your chronic pain.
Feel better soon with TMJ treatment in Colorado Springs! Call us now at 719-675-5238 or to visit Schope Dental.