Jaw pain and headaches don’t have to be a part of your daily routine. TMJ or TMD issues and teeth grinding could be causing the problems and may be easily corrected with a customized mouthguard. Instead of constantly taking pain meds, let Punta Gorda, FL Dentist, Dr. Martin at Smiles of Punta Gorda determine if a customized mouthguard can help.
Call our Punta Gorda, FL dentist office today at 941-585-0424 so we can make your pain go away for good!
Why TMJ Issues & Teeth Grinding Could Be Causing Your Pain
TMJ & TMD
You have two jaw joints called temporomandibular joints, also known as “TMJ.” Sometimes, you may experience discomfort while chewing, and hear clicking or popping sounds. This could be the result of a temporomandibular disorder, or “TMD.” Another cause of your jaw pain or headaches could be due to an irregular bite, such as an underbite or overbite.
If you grind your teeth during the day, it’s causing damage to your tooth enamel and may be making your teeth sensitive to hot/cold food and drinks. You may also be grinding your teeth at night without knowing it, leading to major stress on your jaw and further damage to your teeth. This is actually a disorder known as bruxism.
How A Custom Mouthguard Can Help
A customized mouthguard can be worn to correct these issues. Dr. Martin will listen to your concerns and examine your mouth. If he believes a mouthguard can help, he’ll create a painless digital impression of your mouth so a custom mouthguard can be made to specifically benefit your smile. It will be designed to comfortably fit right over your teeth to prevent grinding and help your jaw muscles relax.
We urge you to avoid mouthguards found at drugstores or supermarkets. These may promise to be easily customizable, but can often be ineffective and a waste of time and money.
That’s why you should call our Punta Gorda, FL dentist office today at 941-585-0424. We know what’s best for your smile, and if you’re in pain, we want to solve the problem ASAP.