You may never have even heard of TMJ disorder (TMD), but if you’re experiencing chronic unexplained jaw pain, it’s possible you may have it. Fortunately, Dr. Crocker and Dr. Ahmad can relieve your discomfort with TMD treatment in Lexington.Doctor Conrad Crocker on TMJ disorder Read Transcript
We are able to offer mouthguards or night guards for people that suffer from TMD, or temporomandibular disorder – clenching, grinding, jaw pain that they're waking up with. We can provide that appliance and get them out of pain, but more importantly, protect the teeth so that they're not being broken down from that process.
Our treatment will:
- Prevent damage caused by teeth grinding, a habit that is often seen in those who suffer from a TMD
- Keep pain from spreading from your jaw to other areas of your body like your neck, shoulders, and back
- Enable you to chew and eat in comfort
- Use a conservative, non-surgical approach to easing pain
Relieve Your TMJ Discomfort With a Custom Mouthguard
Pain from a TMD occurs when your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) become inflamed. These joints connect your jaw to your skull, so you use them to eat, talk, yawn, and more. No one is certain what causes a TMD, but factors linked to it include stress, arthritis, teeth grinding, and jaw injuries. Our dentists look for signs of teeth grinding during every dental exam so we can address it and help you avoid jaw pain and dental damage.
Many people who suffer from TMJ pain find relief using a mouthguard that takes pressure off their jaw, which gives their TMJ a chance to heal. Using impressions of your mouth, your dentist will make a custom mouthguard that fits you perfectly. You may only need to wear it at night. A comfortable fit is important so you won’t be tempted to leave it on your nightstand.
See Us ASAP With TMD Symptoms
The most obvious TMD symptom is a chronically sore jaw. You should see our dentists ASAP with a sore jaw or any of these other symptoms:
- Facial tenderness, especially around the jaw
- An unexplained earache
- Lockjaw, which makes it hard to open or close your mouth
- Clicking sound when you’re chewing
For effective TMD treatment in Lexington, call All Smiles Dental at 803-636-8683.