When you have TMJ, it is common to wake up with a sore jaw, sensitive teeth, headaches, and other disruptive symptoms. This can be very frustrating and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are many ways you can go about relieving your TMJ symptoms; for example, icing or heating your jaw, practicing relaxation techniques, and eating softer foods. One of the best strategies for dealing with TMJ pain is by using a mouthguard. By using a TMJ mouthguard, you can experience a variety of benefits.

Pain relief

Between headaches, earaches, jaw pain, muscle fatigue, and sensitive teeth, TMJ can be a very painful syndrome. Wearing a TMJ mouthguard at night can make a huge difference in how much pain you experience on a daily basis when you wake up. This is because mouthguards work to prevent contact between your upper teeth and lower teeth, so you cannot grind or clench your teeth. Mouthguards also keep the teeth in the correct position, preventing jaw pain. If you experience a lot of pain from your TMJ, a mouthguard can make the difference.

Tooth damage prevention

Unfortunately, TMJ symptoms can cause a lot of damage to your teeth. Grinding or clenching your teeth all night, every night, causes the enamel of your teeth to wear down, and can even cause chipping of the teeth. This is particularly problematic when you have filings, as it can cause damage to them. By using a TMJ mouthguard, you can prevent the clenching and grinding that causes damage to your teeth.

Better sleep

TMJ disrupts your sleeping patterns due to its painful symptoms. When you use a TMJ mouthguard, it is easier to sleep because you are more comfortable. Good, uninterrupted sleep is crucial to your health, so it should be a top priority to get quality sleep every night.

When you are ready for a TMJ mouthguard, Smithville Family Dentistry can help. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.