You wake up with a smile. It’s a good feeling.
Your jaw doesn’t hurt. You don’t have a headache. Heck, you can even fix yourself some breakfast knowing it won’t cause any pain when you eat it.
That may sound like a typical morning, but someone who has been struggling with a TMJ disorder knows that isn’t something to take for granted. A pain-free morning and a pain-free day is something to appreciate.
It’s also something our team at Dr. David L. Ouellette’s office can help you enjoy. With our TMJ and teeth grinding treatments, you could begin feeling like yourself again.
Call 501-214-6126 to visit our Bryant, AR dental office to learn how we could help you.
Know The Symptoms
The symptoms of TMJ troubles are pretty common:
- Headaches and earaches
- Jaw pain, particular during meals or after eating
- Jaw stiffness
- Facial pain
- Neck, upper back, and shoulder pain
Most people will experience some of these symptoms from time to time. Often, home remedies can be enough to deal with the symptoms until you feel better. Over-the-counter pain relievers, cold packs (to reduce swelling), heat (to loosen stiff joints), and eating soft foods might be just what you need to do to address your problem.
The real issue is when those symptoms keep coming back, or worse, they never go away in spite of your efforts. This is when you need professional help to get to the root cause of your TMJ disorder.
This can be a bit complicated. Injuries, illnesses, alignment issues, or a combination of factors can contribute to this situation. In many cases, however, teeth grinding plays a big role. That’s also one of the main reasons a dentist like Dr. Ouellette can be such a big help.
Stop The Grind
When you come in for a consultation, we’ll be looking for signs of teeth grinding. The wear and tear on your enamel can increase your risk of tooth decay and cavities. The added stress could make you more prone to gum infections.
And the strain on your jaw and surrounding tissues can add to the symptoms we described above. Studies have shown that people who grind their teeth in their sleep can put more than double the average bit pressure on their jaws. If you are doing this for hours at a time unconsciously, then it’s no wonder you are dealing with headaches and jaw pains when you wake up.
To stop you from grinding your teeth together overnight, we can design a customized nightguard for you to wear. This prevents you from grinding your teeth into one another. It also eases the stress on your jaw, so you can start waking up without the pains mentioned early. That can make a big difference in the morning and throughout your day.
Ease Your Pain
You don’t deserve to hurt. You do deserve to live a life free from daily headaches and jaw pains. By doing something about your teeth grinding, you can address the primary cause of your TMJ disorder.