Jaw pain when eating and yawning. An annoying popping noise when opening and closing your mouth. If you experience these symptoms, you may be suffering from TMJ pain. Lenexa TMJ treatment from Pierce & Knight Family Dentistry can:Janet Talks about Nightguards Read Transcript
Me getting a night guard was kind of a combination of things. I think I was showing the signs somewhat. I have some teeth that are worn down, and I was having some damage to some teeth. But also, sometimes I would come in and I'd tell Dr. Pierce, ‘Oh, I've got this tooth, please tell me it's nothing.’ I'd kind of noticed it was sore. And just from the clenching, I think I was really straining some of the ligaments or something because it was causing my mouth to maybe be sore the next day.
So it was just kind of a culmination of all these things that we kind of ended up determining that I needed a night guard. A lot of people need night guards, actually, and I'm sure that they knew it way before I admitted it. So I still sometimes struggle to remember to put it in or to do it, but it definitely ... I wish I had used my night guard and worn it every day from the time I first had one because I know I would have saved myself some wear and tear on the old teeth.
- Eliminate tension on your jaw joint so you can relax
- Reduce the frequency and intensity of your headaches
- Stop harmful teeth grinding and protect your tooth enamel
- Make eating more comfortable and enjoyable
Call us today to get help for your hurting jaw: 913-251-9683. We’re located at 8615 Rosehill Road, Suite 101 – not far from the Lenexa police department.
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If your jaw hurts when opening and closing your mouth to eat, talk, and yawn, then we can give you pain relief with a custom oral appliance. A painful jaw is often a sign of TMJ problems. Your TMJs are complex joints that sit on either side of your head, attaching your jaw to your skull.Dr Pierce Talks about TMJ and Chronic Jaw Pain Read Transcript
If you have chronic jaw pain or grinding your teeth, there's lots of different options that we can talk to you about. A couple of those are splint therapy, where we place a device in your mouth, a bite guard, so to speak, or what we call an NTI, which is a deprogrammer, and that helps alleviate the pain in your jaw.
A lot of times the pain is coming from an uneven bite or basically you're having your jaw being uneven as far as the swing. I always use the porch swing analogy: If you have a little bit of an odd swing to your porch swing, it's not gonna move right, it's not gonna function right. Same thing with your jaw; it's about alleviating those soft tissue issues that you have that are creating the pain. And a lot of times, that's caused by a parafunctional activity that we can halt with a bite guard, creating a nice, even plane or nice, even biting surface for you to chew on at night, 'cause you're grinding your teeth. And that helps alleviate that soft tissue discomfort you're having, which is a source of your pain typically.
When they become inflamed, you can experience a significant amount of pain just performing daily activities that many of us take for granted. Fortunately, Pierce & Knight Family Dentistry offers you a great solution using a custom mouthguard. Our oral appliance will fit comfortably in your mouth, moving your lower jaw slightly forward to reduce the tension on your TMJ.
The result will be that your jaw feels better and you will feel better. In addition, the device will also eliminate teeth grinding, which has been shown to be both a cause and a symptom of TMJ disorder (TMD). Teeth grinding can also damage your teeth enamel, which could require restorative dentistry to correct. Less teeth grinding may also mean fewer and less painful headaches, as grinding your teeth has been linked to them as well.
If your jaw is hurting and you haven’t been able to get relief, visit us for Lenexa TMJ treatment. We can help you just like we’ve helped many others. Call us today at 913-251-9683 to schedule your appointment, or request an appointment time online.