You’ve been looking forward to this all week. You love a good brunch, and you haven’t been able to enjoy one for a while.
It’s wasn’t that long ago that eating almost anything — fried chicken, steak, vegetables — would leave your jaw feeling sore midway through your meal. It’s a good thing you decided to do something about it.
You went to seen George A. Hoop, DDS. He was able to take care of your TMJ problem by helping you stop grinding your teeth in your sleep. You didn’t even know you were doing it, but now you sleep easier knowing you don’t wake up with a headache in the mornings.
Don’t Let Your Problem Get Worse
Many people will experience symptoms of TMJ problems from time to time. These include having a sore jaw, feeling like it’s difficult to open and close your mouth, as well as face, neck, and shoulder pains. Headaches and earaches are common, too.
Sometimes you can treat these issues at home by eating softer foods and taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. However, when those problems persist, it can be an indication that your TMJ issues are becoming at TMJ disorder.
If you notice your symptoms often occur in the morning, that’s a big clue that you may be among the tens of millions of Americans who clench and grind your teeth in your sleep. That’s a problem that is unlikely to go away on its own. It’s also a great reason to talk to Dr. Hoop.
When you schedule a consultation, he can check your teeth for the tell-tale signs of teeth grinding. This can wear down your enamel, which raises your risk of tooth decay, and it may put added pressure on your gums, which could lead to a gum infection.
That’s along with the added stress on your temporomandibular joints (the joints that allow you to open and close your mouth) and the surrounding muscles and other tissues. If you don’t do something about the nighttime grinding, your smile could pay the price in the long term.
If you don’t want to grind your teeth together, you can do that by making sure they remain separated. You can do that by putting a barrier between them. That’s exactly what our custom mouthguards and splints can be for you.
You will wear one of these while you sleep. It will prevent you from clenching and grinding, but that’s not the only benefit. In a way, it provides a kind of retraining for your jaw muscles. By keeping your mouth in a more relaxed position, you are less likely to put added tension on your jaw joints and the muscles around them. That also means fewer headaches, earaches, and other pains.