Treating TMJ Pain with a Nightguard | Eugene, OR

Having pain in your jaw and facial muscles can make life difficult to enjoy. The pain is distracting, so it’s harder to get a good night’s rest after a hard day’s work. In addition, it can be harder to eat and enjoy all the wonderful foods you love. That’s to say nothing of the tension headaches that are often associated with jaw pain.

But one thing you may not know is that pain in your jaw is a common problem suffered by many Americans. The good news is that a fairly simple solution works for many of them. At Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, we offer nightguards to help relieve pain and tension in your jaw.

In today’s blog post, we’re going to going to talk a little bit more about night guards as well as the pain associated with TMJ disorders. Education is often the first step towards correcting a problem, so read on if jaw pain has ever been a problem for you or someone who you love.

TMJ disorders (also called TMD) often manifest with pain and other difficulties using your jaw. These problems occur when you have issues with your temporomandibular joint. This joint connects your jaw to your skull; the muscles attached to it allow you to open or close your jaw. When these muscles become sore you may experience many painful symptoms.

These symptoms may be a simple a difficulty chewing. But they may also be more complicated, starting as an aching pain in or around your ears and spreading into facial pains, ultimately resulting in a migraine or headache. None of these symptoms are a guarantee of TMD, but they are an indicator that you should get checked for TMJ disorders.

We can diagnose TMJ disorders at our modern office in Eugene, OR. The process involves a painless examination of your mouth, as well as a series of low-radiation digital x-rays. This helps us plan the best course of treatment for you.

We don’t want TMJ disorders to keep you down. For this reason, we offer effective solutions for TMD. These solutions are non-invasive and painless. One of the most effective treatments is a simple nightguard. A nightguard is a custom fit mouthguard that you wear while you sleep the night away.

Nightguards are comfortable to wear; you’ll barely even notice that you’re wearing it! These devices fit over your front teeth, which helps to hold your jaw in more comfortable and stable position by eliminating teeth clenching and grinding. The will allow your jaw muscles to relax over time, eliminating much of the discomfort of your TMD. If you are suffering from severe pain, you may also wear your nightguard during the day.

Don’t let TMJ pain keep you from eating the foods you love, or getting the sleep you need during the night. A nightguard may make all the difference in the world for you. So make an appointment today at Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR. You can reach our office by calling 458-205-5189.

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