What causes TMJ? The exact causes of TMJ have not been established yet, but it is believed to be associated with muscular issues in the jaw, head, joint, and neck.
Teeth grinding is more than just a problem that only affects the mouth. It impacts other area of your body, which makes it difficult to understand where the cause resides. Typically, TMJ is related to stress and anxiety, which has the ability to cause facial muscle pain, headaches, spasms, neck pain, insomnia, jaw aches and other discomforting symptoms.
We have a number of treatments available that can help manage your TMJ. Once we determine your specific need, we can prescribe the right solution for you, which might be one or a combination of the following:
Medications: A few medicines may help relieve symptoms of TMJ, such as the swelling, pain, and anxiety. These options may help relieve the pain associated with TMJ disorders.
Night Guard: These removable mouthpieces are placed in your mouth over your bottom and upper teeth when sleeping. They protect your teeth from the effects of grinding and can also align your teeth for a more even bite. *Note: Totally Orthodontics custom fits your mouth guards to ensure maximum benefit.
Splint: A splint functions the same as a night guard, except that it is worn throughout the day and evening.