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Night Guards and Splints for Bruxism and TMJ/TMD
Night Guards for Jaw Pain
When you suffer from bruxism (clenching of the jaw or grinding of your teeth) or temporomandibular jaw disorders, holding your teeth together at night can worsen your condition and lead to headaches, jaw pain, and even fractured teeth. A night guard helps to keep your teeth slightly separated so that your jaw has the chance to relax when you do.
Day Splint for Pain
For some people with TMJ/TMD, a night guard may not be enough. A splint that is also worn during the day may be necessary to treat the condition.
Temporomandibular joint disorder, known as TMJ or TMD, is a painful condition of the joint where your lower jaw hinges to your skull.
Some of the symptoms typically associated with TMJ/TMD include:
- Ongoing headaches
- Clicking or popping in the joint
- Pain in your jaw, ears, face, neck, or shoulders
- Sticking or locking jaws
- Facial fatigue
- Swelling on the side of the face
If you've been experiencing these symptoms, contact our office soon. A night guard or a splint may help you get the relief you need.