Are you suffering with a sore jaw? Have you noticed that your jaw feels stiff or painful when you wake up, or have you developed aches and pains in your neck or shoulders? Sometimes, jaw pain is linked to dental problems. This is where we come in handy. If you’ve got jaw joint pain, why not give us a call?
Jaw pain can appear after an accident or injury, but often, it’s linked to bruxism. Bruxism is the medical name for tooth grinding. When you clench the teeth together, this can increase pressure and tension in the muscles that surround the jaw and increase the risk of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. If you have TMJ disorder, you may find that the jaw feels tense and stiff, the range of movement is limited and your jaw makes clicking and popping noises when you move your mouth. Grinding your teeth may be linked to orthodontic issues or loose fillings and crowns, but it is often associated with stress or anxiety. Many people are unaware that they grind their teeth because they do it subconsciously when they sleep.
If you have a painful jaw, and you suspect that it may be caused by grinding your teeth, we are confident that we can find a solution. If there are issues with loose restorations, we can fix them and see if this makes a positive difference. If your bite is a potential cause, we can discuss treatment options with you. If bruxism is a likely cause, we may recommend using a bite guard. A bite guard is a custom-made appliance, which is worn during the night to protect your teeth and prevent the top and bottom arches of teeth clashing together. The guard is designed to fit you perfectly, and you should be able to sleep without any problems.
If you grind your teeth or you’ve noticed that your jaw feels stiff or painful, we are here to help. We can provide you with a bespoke bite guard to protect your teeth and prevent pain. Call us today to make an appointment and banish jaw pain for good.
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