Make The New Year Better By Treating Your TMJ

You’ve had enough!

How long have you been enduring the frequent pains in your jaw, the morning headaches, and the other pains? Weeks? Months? Years?

Don’t let it go on any longer. If you are experiencing issues that could be related to TMJ dysfunction, then you owe it to yourself to talk to our dentist, Dr. Mike Fuesting.

When patients visit our office in Danville, IL, we want them to be as healthy — and as pain-free — as possible. That includes when they go home after their appointment.

Problems with your jaw can affect you in a number of ways, and if we can help in any way, that’s what we want to do for you.

But we can only help if you make an appointment to talk to us about your issues. You can do that by contacting us online or by calling (217) 703-4536.

Don’t live in pain another day longer than you should. Get help now at Advanced Smile Arts.

Teeth Grinding and Your TMJ

The National Sleep Foundation has reported that roughly 1 in every 12 or 13 adults in the United States grinds his or her teeth while they sleep.

From a dental health standpoint, grinding or clenching your teeth takes a toll on those teeth. It can make your teeth weaker, wear down the enamel, and leave them more prone to cracking, breaking, and tooth decay.

Teeth grinding can occur for a number of reasons. Stress and anxiety are often factors that cause people to grind their teeth as a coping mechanism — both when they are awake and when they are asleep.

Your situation may be worse if you also consume caffeine or alcohol, smoke, suffer from fatigue, or have untreated sleep apnea.

The consequences of ignoring your teeth grinding can affect you in a number of ways as well.

  • You may wake up many mornings with headaches or earaches.
  • You may experience frequent jaw pain — when you wake up, after you’ve eaten, or after speaking or singing for an extended time.
  • You may find that your jaw feels stuck at times.
  • You may have trouble fully opening or completely closing your mouth.
  • You may notice a clicking or popping sound as you open or close your mouth.
  • You also might have facial pain or soreness.
  • You might have pain in your neck, upper back, or shoulders as well.

If any of this sounds familiar, we want to help. Dr. Fuesting has helped several of our patients with similar issues.

Stop Grinding Your Teeth In Your Sleep

Unlike many problems, this is something you can fix overnight — or rather several nights.

When you are asleep, you are not aware that you may be grinding or clenching your teeth. In the long-term, some changes to your daily habits can certainly help as well. In the meantime, you need to stop the damage that comes from grinding your teeth.

The fastest way to do this is by placing a barrier between your top and bottom rows of teeth. We can do this for you by making a special kind of mouthguard called an NTI appliance. By wearing this while you sleep, you won’t be able to grind your teeth into one another.

As you become accustomed to sleeping with the NTI, you also may find that your jaw becomes more relaxed in that position. This will reduce the frequency of jaw pain, headaches, or other TMJ symptoms you may be dealing with.

Your Life After TMJ Treatment

Many patients have told us that their lives have improved since they got treated for their TMJ dysfunction.

They no longer retreat to a dark, quiet bedroom to get away from their families because their headaches make everyday sounds and normal light conditions too painful. Now, they can enjoy spending time with their loved ones.

They no longer feel the need to avoid foods that may take a little more force to eat. Chewing no longer leaves their jaws feeling sore after a meal. Instead, they can enjoy eating the foods they want to eat without pain.

Are you ready to stop the problems of your untreated teeth grinding?

If so, then we urge you to make an appointment at Advanced Smile Arts as soon as you are able. Contact us online. Call (217) 703-4536, or stop by our dentist office in Danville, IL to request your consultation with Dr. Fuesting.

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