Well, TMJ pain can, number one, cause pain, and it also can affect the person by having a limited opening. And that can be a problem, too. But on top of that, with clenching, grinding, people can wear their enamel down, and that’s something we just can’t grow back. So a lot of the tools we have are something called nightguards that patients can wear at night, and that’s something where it displaces that pressure onto that nightguard. There’s different therapies that you can do along with Botox. Botox injections for TMJ pain usually go in the masseter muscles, and that takes about 7 to 10 days to feel the effects. But then you do start to feel the effects after that time, and it can last anywhere between 3 to 6 months. And with regular treatment, it can help the muscle relax over time because it’s just not being utilized as much. And another perk some patients like too is it also slims the jaw over time.
Get a Custom Mouthguard for Your TMJ Disorder
Your TMJs are the joints that connect your jaw to your skull. They work like a hinge, allowing you to open and close your mouth. If they get irritated or inflamed, it can cause a painful TMJ disorder. It can be caused by injury, a misaligned bite, or pressure from a teeth grinding habit.
If the malfunction of your TMJ has occurred due to teeth grinding, our custom-made oral appliance can help. During your appointment, we’ll start with an exam and take digital X-rays to determine the best treatment for you. Some patients benefit from orthodontics if a misaligned bite causes their TMJ disorder. We may also recommend restorative care to repair damaged or uneven teeth that caused the problem.
If we determine a mouthguard is right for you, we’ll take digital scans to get impressions of your teeth. Then we send the information to an outside lab to create your customized appliance. You’ll wear it while you sleep, since that’s the most common time for people to grind or clench their teeth. You can expect these benefits:
- Comfortable Fit – Your bite guard will be made specifically for you. As a result, you’ll barely notice it in your mouth while you sleep.
- Effective Results – This device acts as a cushion between your teeth. It alleviates the pressure from your jaw, allowing it to heal.
- Lasts for Years – A store-bought bite guard may need replacing every few months. A custom-made one is made of high-quality plastic that can last for years.