Mouthguards—fitted like an orthodontic retainer — can be used for several reasons. A mouthguard is vital if you suffer from TMJ disorder or have the habit of grinding and clenching teeth at night (bruxism). Sunny Family Dental in Chino Hills, California, is pleased to offer customized nightguards to manage TMJ disorder symptoms for a pain-free lifestyle.
Each of us has a hinge-like joint on both sides of the jaws. This flexible joint can move up, down, and sideways to enable vital functions like yawning, talking, chewing, smiling, etc. A healthy TMJ quietly does its functions, and you may not notice its presence unless it has a malfunction.
When your TMJ is strained, injured, or inflamed, you may encounter several symptoms like:
Although injury and inflammation can cause TMD, chronic teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism) are the most common culprits. Involuntary teeth grinding exerts pressure on your teeth, causing enamel loss. It also strains your jaw muscles, resulting in jaw pain, headaches, and other unpleasant symptoms. The good news is that a customized occlusal splint can treat bruxism, relieving TMJ pain.
Battling TMJ pain or bruxism? Dr. Shah has a simple yet effective solution. We offer customized nightguards to protect your smile from bruxism-induced pressure. An oral appliance creates a barrier between the upper and lower teeth. As you clench and grind, the dental guard absorbs the forces, easing pressure on your teeth and jaw muscles. Continued use of a TMJ mouthpiece heals your jaw joints over time, restoring optimal function.
What’s the process of getting a custom dental guard? Dr. Shah takes impressions of your mouth to create a perfect-fitting appliance that won’t move or slip when worn. Once you get used to wearing a mouthguard, you won’t notice its presence. Also, unlike cheap store-bought mouthguards, custom-made nightguards are comfortable, durable, and easy to clean.
Would you miss the opportunity if you could use something to protect your teeth or minimize pain? Mouthguards are an affordable and easy solution for bruxism and TMJ pain. Get your new, personalized dental guard today by dialing (909) 679-3447. Sunny Family Dental can’t wait to protect your smile.