Dentists do a lot more than just fill cavities. In fact, they can help reduce pain in your jaw, head, neck, and back from TMJ disorder.
This is when your jaw joints get overworked and cannot heal naturally overnight. Because your muscles are interconnected, sore jaw joints can spread pain through your upper body. And with all that clenching, you can be damaging your enamel as well.
That’s why it’s important to get TMJ treatments in Laredo by calling Davenport Dental Group at 956-242-6745 Our dentists are highly educated and experienced, meaning they can help you get rid of that pain and the TMJ disorder causing it.
Get TMJ Treatments in Laredo
When you build up tension in your jaw joints, they start to clench your jaw and grind your teeth. While you can do this naturally (such as when you chew), these joints normally get time to rest and heal while you sleep. Just like any joint or muscle, they can get overworked and fatigued. This leads stiffness and pain since it’s not like you can rest your jaw during the day.
One of the most effective ways to treat this problem is through a customized mouthguard. It’s made by our team after carefully measuring your teeth, so it will fit comfortably when worn. Simply pop it in when you are ready to sleep and wear it overnight. The TMJ mouthguard adjusts your jaw position just enough so it can rest like it should.
These mouthguards also protect your teeth. A common side effect of TMD disorder is bruxism or teeth grinding. By covering your smile with a mouthguard, you stop the enamel from being worn down. And because you’re wearing this at night, no one has to know about this treatment.
Making a good mouthguard requires training and experience. Thankfully, the dentists at both of our Laredo locations (Junction Drive and Winfield) have both. With our help, you can finally get rid of that nagging pain and protect your smile.
Do You Have These TMJ Disorder Signs?
Because this problem happens so often when you’re asleep, you could have TMJ disorder without realizing it! That’s why it’s important to look for these signs.
- Jaw stiffness and difficulty opening/closing your mouth.
- Jaw pain.
- Discomfort in your neck, shoulders, or upper back.
- Recurring headaches.
- A popping or clicking noise that comes when you use your jaw.
You should also look at the causes of TMJ disorder. Stress and anxiety are two big ones. These cause your muscles to tense up, which leads to a sore jaw. You could also have jaw problems thanks to inflammation or an injury there.
When you visit Davenport Dental Group, our dentists will also examine your teeth for any signs of wear and similar damage. Worn spots on the sides or edges can be corrected to help make your teeth strong again (and so you don’t have bigger problems with cavities or chipped teeth).