TMJ Disorders

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located near the ear, at the top of the lower jaw which allows movement of your jaw. Injury, arthritis, or grinding the teeth can cause TMJ Disorders.

Some symptoms include:

  • Erosion on teeth
  • Jaw pain when with movement
  • Clicking or grating noises with jaw movement
  • Earaches
  • Headaches
  • Limited movement of the jaw

Some symptoms of discomfort can be the result of another diagnosis. Special imaging techniques may be needed to properly diagnose jaw problems and correct them accordingly. The necessary course of treatment will depend on the specific diagnosis and severity of the damage to the joint. Oftentimes, a nightguard is effective to prevent damage caused by clenching and grinding of the teeth. For a severe case of TMJ, Dr. Lewandowski may recommend you see a physical therapist, orthodontist or an oral surgeon for a thorough exam and diagnosis for treatment.

Bite Splint Therapy/Nightguard

Custom-fitted bite guards are individually designed and made by a dental laboratory. One of our professionally trained team members will take an impression or will scan the upper and lower arches of your teeth. A custom-made bite splint provides the most comfort and protection throughout the day or night and offers protection for your teeth as you sleep. If you suffer from frequent headaches, a sore jaw, or grind your teeth while sleeping, you will benefit from a bite splint (nightguard another common name). Nightguards improve the quality of sleep so you can wake up free of aches and pains.

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