Night Guards For TMJ and Bruxism
Night Guards for TMJ and Bruxism
The way your teeth meet when your top and bottom jaws close down on top of each other is known as your bite. If your teeth don’t fit together properly you could have malocclusion or incorrect bite, which can cause problems with your teeth, gums, the temporo-mandibular joint (jaw joint) and the muscles in your face.
This misalignment, often referred to as TMJ disorder, can also cause some people to clench the jaw and grind their teeth at night. This can lead to facial pain, headaches, discomfort, clicking when biting or chewing, migraines, neck and shoulder pain as well as fractured teeth and broken fillings.
If you have any of these symptoms on a daily basis, you should see your dentist to treat your condition(s).
In most cases the treatment includes wearing a thermoplastic resin appliance at night. The appliance is custom made to fit your bite so your teeth are in a position where your muscles are relaxed. This also stops your teeth from becoming worn down by grinding and protects them from any further damage.