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How Can a Bite Guard Help My Jaw?

How Can a Bite Guard Help My Jaw?

If you have problems with your jaw, such as TMJ, a dentist might recommend a bite guard to help treat this condition and alleviate your pain. TMJ, which stands for temporomandibular joint, refers to the hinge that connects the jaw to the bones of one’s skull. It essentially gives one the ability to chew, talk, yawn, and other motions that require the jaw to move up and down or from side to side.

Although the causes for TMJ can vary, there are some that are much more common than others, which include:

  • Grinding your teeth: Also referred to as bruxism, this is a condition that causes a person to either clench, grind, or gnash their teeth, which exerts a lot of pressure on the joint. It is common for this to occur during sleep, though some might also grind their teeth during the day.
  • Disc movement: Pain can occur when the ball or socket of the joint wear down.
  • Stress: Stress causes tension, which can extend to the muscles in your face, resulting in clenched teeth, which can ultimately affect the joints in the jaw.
  • Arthritis: This condition can result in stiff joints, causing TMJ.

Treating Your Chronic Jaw Pain With a Bite Guard

Bites guards, which are typically made of acrylic, help realign a person’s jaw as they sleep, relieving tension in the joint. Your dentist will have one custom made to fit your mouth to effectively keep your jaw in place whenever you use it. Additionally, a custom-fitted bite guard will not impact your breathing as you sleep since they are thin and molded to the bottom or the top row of teeth.

Turn to Our Dental Professionals to Address Your Needs

At Zarrella Dentistry in Ashland, our skilled dental professionals have been providing exceptional care for patients for more than three decades. If you are experiencing jaw pain due to TMJ or another condition, you should consider bite guard therapy to alleviate your symptoms.

Learn more about how we can help you and contact us today at (508) 244-4167 to schedule an appointment.

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