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.
Protect Your Bite from Teeth Grinding With a Night Guard
Teeth grinding is one of the biggest causes of TMJ disorder. The pressure on your jaw can inflame your TMJs, leading to malfunction. One of the easiest treatments for this issue is a custom-made night guard. Since people tend to grind their teeth the most at night, you’ll wear it while you sleep. Unlike a bite guard you can buy from the store, this is designed specifically for you. As a result, you can expect these benefits:
- Durable – Made of durable BPA-free plastic, a custom night guard can last for several years. Compare that to a store-bought one that might last a few months.
- Easy to Wear – Because it is custom made, it’s more comfortable to wear while sleeping. After a few days of getting used to it, you’ll barely notice you are wearing it.
- Long-Lasting Relief – A bite guard acts as a barrier between your teeth. This cushion relieves the pressure on your jaw so it can heal.
- Cost-Effective – Since you won’t have to replace your night guard as often, you’ll save money. Plus, protecting your teeth helps you avoid costly dental repair.
When you come in for your appointment, we’ll do an exam to ensure a night guard is the best solution. Some patients experience TMJ problems because their bite is off. In that case, we may recommend orthodontic treatment to correct it. Restorative treatments can also fix alignment issues by addressing damaged or uneven teeth.