TMJ disorder symptoms often start to manifest as a dull ache around the temples and discomfort in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw and discomfort when biting down hard. Some people also experience temporary locking in their jaw joints. If you are struggling with any of these symptoms, your best course of action is to have a professional diagnosis from our dentists, Drs. Schamberger and Gregston.
Sometimes, TMJ disorder symptoms are partially related to grinding your teeth while you sleep. Along with other factors, this could cause significant inflammation and muscular tension complications around the temporomandibular joints. In a situation like this our dentists might suggest using a dental guard when you sleep. A dental guard, or night guard is a mouthpiece that you wear while you sleep. This guard will help to cushion the biting surfaces of your teeth and allow a degree of slippage between your upper and lower teeth. Eating a diet of softer foods, performing daily facial exercises and periodically applying heat can also help to alleviate your TMJ disorder discomfort.
If you live in the Leadville, Colorado, area and you have been experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, you should call 719-486-2060 to set up an appointment at Leadville Dental Center.