Dr. Dan: Here at Dental Health of Fianna, we see people every day that clench and grind their teeth and are slowly destroying their smile, their ability to eat and chew comfortably, and eventually their jaw joint is broken down.
We tend to make what is called a night appliance or a nightguard or a grinding appliance so that they can protect themselves, tear up plastic rather than their own teeth and soft tissues. Some people think we're talking about a football mouthguard from Walmart. No, we're not. This is a completely different process. This is a precision-made, precision-designed mouthpiece for you.
Our patients tell us that it becomes their pacifier. After they've worn it for about 30 days, had a couple of adjustments, they love it, they can't sleep without it, and they wonder how they lived without it for so long.
Nagging jaw pain. Annoying popping when you open your mouth. Unexplained headaches. All of these conditions are symptoms of TMJ disorder. Dental Health of Fianna can give you relief from these problems with TMJ treatment in our Fort Smith, AR dentist office. Using a safe, effective oral appliance, our team of dentists will:
- Stop your jaw pain so you can relax and sleep better.
- Enable you to eat more types of foods comfortably.
- Decrease the frequency and intensity of TMJ-related headaches.
- Make mealtimes more enjoyable.
- Eliminate harmful teeth grinding.
Feel Better With a Custom Oral Appliance
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain can be quite intense. These complex joints sit on either side of your head and make it possible for you to open and close your jaw. When they become irritated (known as temporomandibular disorder, or TMD), simple acts like talking, eating, or yawning can send pain shooting through your jaw.
Dental Health of Fianna offers hope and help for TMJ pain using a custom oral device – for either daytime or nighttime use, depending on your needs. We’ll perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine if your pain is related to TMJ disorder.
If it is, your new appliance will gently push your lower jaw forward, relieving tension on your TMJ. This small motion will help you feel better, sleep better, and eat more comfortably.
The device will also help you stop grinding your teeth. By simply eliminating teeth grinding (bruxism), your jaw pain will lessen, as grinding is both a symptom and cause of TMJ pain. Plus, stopping bruxism will help prevent damage to your irreplaceable tooth enamel. If your TMD is more severe, our dentists are also proficient at using TMJ repositioning therapy to give you much-needed relief.