Stopping TMJ Disorder With An Oral Appliance

We just looked at bruxism and how this disorder impacts our oral health. In today’s blog, we would like to look at another issue linked to jaw joint strain: TMJ disorder. Also known as TMD, this oral health issue is linked to a popping sensation in the jaws and headaches. Fortunately, your El Paso, TX, dentists can treat the issue with an oral appliance.

TMJ Dysfunction and Jaw Pain

The temporomandibular joints connect our jaw and skull, controlling the actions needed to eat and speak. So, when they endure strain and TMJ disorder develops, this could impact how easily you can open your mouth and also lead to serious discomfort. For example, people with the disorder frequently report headaches and migraines, soreness in the jaw or face, aches in the neck and shoulders, and even popping or clicking in the jaw. Causes could potentially include dental misalignment, bite imbalance and poor jaw symmetry, tooth loss, and injury to the face and jaw. When we examine your smile, we will identify the causes and recommend the most appropriate treatment option.

A Link to Bruxism

If you grind your teeth regularly, then the pressure could lead to the onset of TMD. In addition, untreated TMD could also lead to a greater likelihood of teeth grinding and jaw clenching. The pressure from teeth grinding is also linked to sensitive teeth and toothaches, as well as a greater chance of damaged teeth, tooth decay, and even dental infection. Should you begin to experience these warning signs, please let tour team know.

Treatment with an Oral Appliance

To treat the issue, we may suggest an oral appliance. Crafted based on impressions we take of your smile, this device fits like a mouthguard and is worn as you sleep. The device actually repositions the jaw to ease strain and help you avoid TMD-related symptoms. The device also places a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, which helps prevent further damage if you also grind or clench your teeth.

Changes to Your Daily Life

You can also help by avoiding hard or chewy foods, as the actions needed to consume them could exacerbate symptoms. Also, use a warm washcloth against the side of the face to ease strain and avoid caffeinated products. If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating TMJ disorder and bruxism, then please contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy a comfortable smile and avoid serious complications, like tooth decay or headaches!


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, our team can help address both bruxism and TMJ disorder with a custom oral appliance. For more information on our preventive treatments, then contact our N. Zaragoza dental practice by calling 915-849-9000.