Inflammation and tension in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw can sometimes cause significant discomfort. In some cases of TMJ disorder, small common-sense changes in your daily habits can help mitigate symptoms. This could include a diet of softer foods or performing facial stretches.
It’s also worth noting that grinding your teeth at night can also cause inflammation and other complications in the temporomandibular joints. This can adversely complex muscles and connective tissues that move your jaw.
If Dr. Hueler, Dr. Lyu, and Dr. Voegele suspect a problem like this is contributing to your TMJ disorder symptoms, they might recommend sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth. This is a soft plastic mouthpiece that you insert in your mouth shortly before going to sleep at night and it will cushion your teeth.
If you don’t like the fit and feel of the dental guards sold in stores, Dr. Hueler, Dr. Lyu, and Dr. Voegele might be able to provide you with a custom dental guard from our clinic. It will be custom-shaped to match your unique bite pattern. The modest amount of slip it allows can reduce the tension and resulting inflammation in the temporomandibular joints.
If you live in the Savage, Shakopee, or Eden Prairie, Minnesota, areas and you have been experiencing discomfort in your temporomandibular joints, you should call 952-226-7940 to explore the treatment options available at Midwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today.