Side view of a human skull with the muscles and ligaments around the temporomandibular joint of the jaw

TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that lets you open and close your jaw. When there’s something wrong with your TMJ, it can cause a whole lot of pain in your jaw that radiates throughout your face, neck, and upper back. You can also experience frequent headaches.

How a Mouthguard Can Help TMJ Issues

Treatment depends on the severity of your TMJ dysfunction (TMD). One possible option is a custom mouthguard. A mouthguard for TMD works in a variety of ways. It stops you from clenching and grinding because it acts as a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. It also repositions your jaw so that you have a less problematic alignment. It helps your jaw muscles relax overall. All together, this means less pain and discomfort for you. Plus, a TMJ mouthguard offers a nonsurgical treatment option so you don’t necessarily have to go through jaw surgery.

Custom vs. Generic Mouthguards

While you can find a generic mouthguard online or at your local drugstore that’s advertised to help with TMJ issues, it’s safer and more effective to get one custom made instead. By leaving this beneficial oral appliance in the hands of a professional, you can rest assured that the device is specifically made for your teeth with the right alignment and fit. Not only will this be more comfortable for you but it’ll also work better. Plus, whatever you can find online may not be made with medical-grade materials and won’t prove to be a long-lasting investment.

Consult with Our Team!

If you have TMJ disorder and you’re interested in getting treatment, please contact Hermitage Dental Group. Our team offers a variety of TMJ therapies, including BOTOX injections, and we can help determine which one is right for you. Generally, we recommend the most conservative treatment possible before moving onto more aggressive treatments. Contact us today to learn more!