TMJ Treatment / Teeth Grinding

Solutions To Your Headaches And Jaw Pains At Sterling Heights, MI

Are you waking up with tenderness in your jaw or excruciating headaches? Starting your day on such a sour note can be frustrating, especially if you cannot find a solution to your debilitating pain. If this sounds like you, understand that there are millions of Americans who have a similar problem. Fortunately, your Sterling Heights, Michigan, dentist has a solution for your constant headaches and jaw pain.

There is a special joint in your mouth that may be the root cause of your jaw pains and headaches. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is at work every time you open and close your mouth, every time you chew, every time you laugh, and every time you eat. The TMJ is on the job 24/7, but patients can suffer painful side effects when the joint is not in proper working order.

Patients with TMJ issues or an inflamed TMJ often either clench or grind their teeth while they sleep, have had trauma or jaw injuries, or have issues with arthritis, a problem that erodes the cartilage in your bone. In some cases, problems like clenching or grinding can damage teeth or cause you to undergo expansive restorative procedures. With any of these problems, patients often experience:

  • Pain or swelling in the jaw.
  • Pain while eating or opening their mouths.
  • Soreness in the jaw, head, neck, and shoulders.
  • Clicking, locking, or popping in their jaw.
  • Ringing in the ears or numbness of the fingertips.

How To Relieve Your TMJ Pain

There is not just one cause for TMDs to develop; there are numerous causes of the pain that you feel in your jaw and surrounding areas. Some of those causes include:

  • Grinding your teeth. Grinding your teeth causes pain in your TMJ because it involves putting a great deal of pressure on your TMJ. This can also happen if you have the tendency to clench your teeth, which also puts pressure on your jaw joint.
  • Damage to the TMJ. If the soft cushion between the ball and socket joint in your jaw slides out of place, grinding can occur between bones, which will lead to a great deal of pain.
  • Arthritis in the TMJ. If you have developed arthritis in your TMJ, you will no doubt feel a great deal of pain that will need to be treated as soon as possible.
  • Stress. Stress can lead to health problems all throughout your body. Specifically with your TMJ, stress can cause the muscles around your TMJ to tighten and result in a lot of pain.

How Are TMDs Treated?

There are many ways to treat TMJ issues. At Forever Young Dentistry, we look at how your TMJ and bite work together and then determine the best course of treatment. We provide everything from night mouthguards, muscle therapy, and drug therapy to even more in-depth treatments to find out how your bite and jaw can better function together.

A TMJ mouthguard is a custom-fit oral appliance that you wear overnight. The night guard fits comfortably over your bottom teeth and prevents you from grinding your teeth. The device also takes the stress off the teeth caused by clenching. Our patients tell us that they get used to the device within a night or two and have their symptoms reduced in no time.

The Kois Deprogrammer resembles a retainer and is used to help us diagnose the best spot for your bite and jaw. The appliance is made from plastic, and you’ll wear it for two weeks or as otherwise recommended. You’ll wear the appliance at all times with the exception of cleaning and eating. The device is called a deprogrammer because it “deprograms” the joint by placing it in the most appropriate position. Once we see where the jaw and bite need to be, we can set up a treatment plan.

The Kois Deprogrammer is used only for diagnostic purposes, and that means we can identify the best treatment, saving you money down the line.

By treating your TMJ issues, we can improve your oral health and get you out of pain for good. We understand that TMJ problems can be mind-numbing. We’re trained to offer different treatments to keep your teeth healthy and eliminate your dental pain.

Don’t let your TMJ pains linger any longer. We can diagnose your jaw and bite problems and set up reliable and affordable treatments. Call our office today at 586-795-5678 or use the online form to schedule an appointment.

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