Jaw-tmj-headaches- Maxillary And Mandibular Bite Appliances For Treatment

By: Gen Wright

Are you experiencing significant jaw pain? Do you suffer from frequent headaches? Millions of people suffer from the intense pain of migraine headaches each year. Many times these headaches are merely a symptom of a common jaw disorder caused by an improper bite alignment called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), often referred to as TMJ. The good news is there are many treatments and exercises available to alleviate headaches caused by TMJ disorder.

Is it Your Temporomandibular Joint?

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD), or TMJ, describes a variety of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint. The TMJ is the point where the jaw opens and closes. TMD is characterized by pain and stiffness in the jaw, which naturally affects eating, talking and swallowing. In many cases, the symptoms associated with TMD can be successfully treated to reduce or eliminate your discomfort completely.

Utilizing the latest technology available to provide safe, gentle and effective treatment for all of your TMD symptoms, including:

* Frequent headaches
* Jaw, face, neck and ear pain
* Ringing in the ears
* Swallowing difficulties
* Unexplained loose, worn or cracked teeth
* Difficulty opening and closing your mouth

If you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, your jaw joint does not work properly, resulting in inflamed muscles and muscle spasms. When your jaw muscle spasms, it radiates into the neighboring muscles such as your neck, face and shoulders. These muscles can often get tight and very painful, with the end result a headache and a good deal of neck pain.

Treatments with Bite Appliances

TMJ bite appliances work to gently correct a misaligned bite over time through the use of dental devices, rather than through invasive surgical techniques. There are several types of TMJ appliances that can be used to relieve symptoms and correct your bite. The first, and most commonly used, type of appliance is a nighttime mouth guard. These guards are usually made of a hard acrylic material and are inserted into the mouth before bed.

Users will then remove the appliance in the morning, after waking. These nighttime appliances may work well for those who suffer from bruxism, or tooth grinding, in their sleep, or who cite stress as one of the main factors in their TMJ disorder. This is because mouth guards that are worn at night can help relax the jaw to prevent clenching, as well as protecting teeth from the wear and tear of repetitive grinding motions. If your TMJ symptoms are severe or persistent, you may want to try a more intensive kind of TMJ appliance.

Other TMJ appliances are typically worn twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, in order to relieve symptoms and physically correct the bite. These appliances are custom-made to fit your teeth in order to obtain the desired results.

Contact your dentist in Atlanta if you are experiencing jaw pain or frequent headaches. With a proper consultation and diagnosis, your Atlanta dentist can create a treatment plan to ease your pain and improve your bite.

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Dr. Donald Rozema, dentist in Atlanta, is a solo practitioner with an emphasis on occlusion, crowns and bridges, cosmetics, sedation, TMJ, implant restoration and an array of other areas. Dr. Rozema, dentist in Sandy Springs, GA, maintains an esthetically focused comprehensive restorative practice in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia.

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