Unraveling the Mystery of Jaw Pain
Another restless night. Another headache. Another bout of that throbbing pain in your jaw.
It’s getting to be too much, isn’t it?
If these are problems you or a loved one has been complaining about, there’s a good chance that the culprit is a disorder of the jaw, known as “TMJ disorder.”
Left unchecked, this disorder can pose a host of complications to your quality of life, making it difficult to eat, speak, sleep, or even to enjoy quiet time at home.
Your every waking moment will be threatened by a sudden flare-up of this chronic, debilitating disorder unless you let us help you.
What is TMJ Disorder?
To you, it’s constant jaw pain. To us, it’s known as temporomandibular joint disorder.
In the most basic terms, TMJ happens when your jaw begins slipping out of its natural hinge that connects it to the skull. Every time you open or close your mouth, that action is occurring outside of the normal range of motion your jaw was designed for.
TMJ doesn’t discriminate by age. In kids, it can occur from an injury or whiplash event incurred playing sports. In adults, it can be a result of teeth grinding, which is usually caused by the stressors of everyday life. For the elderly, TMJ can occur as a result of arthritis within the temporomandibular joint itself.
Any of those causes can combine or affect persons of any age depending on the circumstances which originally caused it.
Whatever the cause, and no matter your age, Eugene Family Dental is experienced in ridding you of that awful jaw pain and getting your smile quite literally back on track.
Our solution will work for you regardless of your cause or age.
Healing Your Jaw While You Sleep
The beauty of our solution is that, after a brief visit to consult with us in our spacious, modern Eugene offices, the real work of fighting TMJ happens while you’re asleep.
First, we’ll need to identify the cause. As I mentioned to you before, a number of factors could be at play if you’re experiencing TMJ symptoms.
While you’re with us, we’ll examine you for these tell-tale signs:
- Wear on your teeth. Many cases of TMJ are caused by nocturnal teeth grinding, aka bruxism.
- “Popping” of the jaw. A result of the jaw unnaturally grinding against bones it shouldn’t be in contact with.
- Locking in the jaw. Occurs when a dysfunctional jaw gets “stuck” while opening or closing your mouth.
- Trouble chewing or speaking. Normal, everyday activities plagued by pain.
- Swelling in the face. Tissues around the affected area have become inflamed.
If we determine that TMJ is the cause of your jaw pain, we’ll set to work on designing a custom nightguard that will fit comfortably in your mouth. Its design will slowly retrain your jaw to use its proper joint once more.
Over time, regular use of the nightguard will hit the reset button on your smile, allowing you or a loved one to sleep with deserved peace of mind, and without pain.
In the event that the underlying issue of your TMJ disorder is teeth grinding, then the nightguard will serve a second purpose for the price of one: Protecting your teeth from each other during their nightly grind.
Ah, if only all of life’s problems could be solved while you’re catching 40 winks!
Let Us Help You Sleep Soundly Again
Letting a case of TMJ go untreated can have catastrophic affects on your overall oral health and can threaten your quality of life.
Aside from utterly destroying your teeth – which will require more expensive and more invasive solutions down the road in order to treat successfully – advanced, untreated cases can negatively affect your sense of hearing or even your jaw becoming permanently stuck in the wrong position.
When your mother warned you about making nasty faces that would stick, I’m pretty sure she wasn’t talking about this,
She also wouldn’t want you to delay getting treatment if she could help it. As a parent, I know I wouldn’t delay if my kids were suffering like that.
Pick up your phone and give us a call at 458-205-5189, or, if your jaw pain is too great to use a phone, schedule an appointment with us online.
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