TMJ Guards: Do I Need a Professional Fitting?

TMJ Guards: Do I Need a Professional Fitting?

If you experience any of the many symptoms of TMJ disorder including headaches, teeth grinding, clicking and popping sounds, as well as intense pain, then it is likely that you could use a mouthguard. If you suffer from TMJ disorder, you have probably heard about how a mouthguard can help.

Mouthguards can serve as a protective barrier between your teeth to reduce damage and pain caused by the teeth grinding associated with TMJ disorder. There are many places that you can find mouthguards to purchase including online and in stores. However, these over-the-counter products may not be sufficient in providing protection for your mouth. No matter how tempting, over-the-counter products are never typically as good as professional sitting mouthguards.

How do Dentists Fit a TMJ Guard?

Your dentist will first examine your teeth to see if you are a good fit for a custom-made mouthguard for TMJ disorder. The dentist takes into consideration all of the connected systems that are involved with teeth grinding and TMJ disorder including the neuromuscular system that allows you to swallow, chew, and speak.

When it comes to a professionally fitting mouthguard for TMJ disorder, every mouthguard will be made uniquely. this is partially because everybody’s mouth is shaped a little bit differently. Also, people struggle with different levels of bruxism, or teeth grinding, and may need a different type of mouthguard. some patients suffer from different conditions such as muscle spasms, jaw locking, or just simple bruxism.

Since everyone has a different mouth and different symptoms, it makes sense that something as important as a mouthguard should be custom made by your dentist rather than purchased at Walmart.

If you have any more questions about a professionally-made mouthguard for TMJ disorder, please give us a call today.