TMJ & Night Guards in Ballwin, MO
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TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), refers to a group of disorders affecting the joint that joins the jaw to the skull (temporomandibular joint or TMJ). This disorder often results in discomfort or pain, difficulty with the jaw, earaches, and migraines. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms from TMJ or from teeth grinding, seek relief with treatment for TMJ and night guards in Ballwin, MO. Our 5-star-rated dentists will assess your symptoms and recommend appropriate therapies that can improve TMJ and teeth grinding.
There are many causes of TMJ, including, but not limited to:
- Trauma to the jaw or TMJ
- Grinding of the teeth
- Jaw clenching
- Misaligned bite
- Poor posture
- Disease or illness
Symptoms of TMJ may include:
- Prevalent pain or soreness in the jaw, especially at certain times of the day
- A popping or clicking sound when the mouth is opened or closed
- Trouble opening and closing the mouth or chewing
- Misaligned bite
- An earache not caused by infection
- A toothache not caused by infection or other dental health issues
- Jaw pain when chewing, biting, yawning, or speaking
- A ‘locked’ or stiff jaw when chewing, biting, yawning, or speaking
- Recurring tension headaches or migraines, especially if present upon waking
- Recent changes to your bite
Grinding your teeth while sleeping can be a severe problem because it can cause significant damage to the surface of your teeth, and diminish their life expectancy and function. If your teeth are injured from grinding and clenching your teeth while sleeping, Drs. Simonds, Gennaoui, and McCarthy offer night guards, the NTI bite appliance for patients so they will not injure their teeth while they sleep.
Night Guards help protect your teeth and provide a barrier between the upper and lower teeth during nighttime grinding. Down the road, night guards may also help you avoid paying unnecessary costs in dental restorations. We customize your night guard to fit the dimensions of your mouth and protect your teeth. Because your night guard is fitted for you individually, it will stay in your mouth comfortably when you are sleeping and make it easier for you to breathe.
If you tend to suffer from headaches or facial pain due to teeth grinding, your night guard can help with this, too! This type of pain is often caused by the overuse of and strain on your facial muscles that occurs from teeth clenching or grinding. When you wear your night guard to sleep, the occlusal appliance can lessen muscle activity in your jaw. That means less muscle strain to cause pain.
Schedule an Appointment to Learn More About TMJ & Night Guards in Ballwin, MO Today
When you are ready to experience our 5-star dental care, schedule your New Patient Appointment by calling 636-227-2552 or by clicking here to use our online scheduling form. Your appointment includes a comprehensive exam, cavity-detecting digital x-rays (up to 4), a professional cleaning, and an oral cancer screening – a $307 value for only $89! Or $100 OFF for patients with insurance. Subject to insurance. Not valid for patients with gum disease. Not valid with any other offers.
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As one of the top dental practices in Ballwin, MO our doctors and team at Ballwin Dental Care also provide 5-star dental care to patients from Manchester, Ellisville & Wildwood, MO and Surrounding Areas.