McKenney Corner Dental
TMD/TMJ Devices in St. Albert
If you clench your jaw tightly while sleeping, you may notice symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). These symptoms include pain in your jaw, face, neck, and ear. This condition often has a negative impact on mood and overall well-being, so it’s important to discuss the problem with your dentist.
Does TMD Resolve Itself?
While some cases of TMD may resolve themselves, more often than not, TMD is a progressive disorder that can worsen over time. Apart from the severe pain that affects your head and neck, this type of clenching can also cause severe damage, including cracking of the teeth.
What Are the Solutions for TMD?
Temporomandibular joint disorder can be treated with the use of bite guards, also known as occlusal splints. These devices are customized to fit your mouth and provide a strong barrier, which can help reduce teeth clenching while you sleep. However, if you suffer from severe clenching, your dentist may suggest other treatment options.