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How Can a Nightguard Heal My TMJ?

Jan 7, 2021 | Uncategorized

Anyone with TMJ knows the daily pain and discomfort can significantly impact your quality of life. The pain can make doing simple tasks such as eating and talking challenging. Luckily, treatment is available, and a nightguard might be just what you need.

What is TMJ?

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. There is a joint on each side of the jaw, and they work like a sliding hinge that allows the jaw to move freely. Those who have pain in this joint or the muscles around it suffer from a TMJ disorder, a type of temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

How Can a Nightguard Treat Your TMJ Symptoms?

Individuals who clench and grind their teeth at night are likely to develop a TMJ disorder. These strong forces of bruxism, grinding and clenching, can cause damage and stress to your teeth and jaw joints. As a result, you’re likely to feel lots of daily pain and discomfort. Wearing a nightguard in your sleep prevents grinding and clenching, therefore stopping your TMJ symptoms.

What is The Preventive Oral Device®?

This device is here to help you treat your symptoms of TMJ and improve your quality of life. The POD® is a US and internationally patented night guard worn while sleeping to help protect your teeth and stop tooth damage caused by clenching and grinding. 

By having the dental arches discluded, excessive wear of the teeth caused by bruxism is reduced. By utilizing patented Unilateral BiteBlock Technology®, the device can minimize bite forces while making more room for the tongue during sleep. The jaw’s disocclusion reduces muscle tension to alleviate jaw pain, facial pain, headaches, and other painful TMJ symptoms.

Seek Treatment From a TMJ Specialist in East Islip

Dr. Scott Simonetti, a TMJ disorder specialist, is here to help diagnose and put an end to your pain and discomfort caused by a TMJ disorder. Visit our website or give us a call at (631) 277-4848 to learn more about our POD® night guard treatment and how we can help you.