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, trouble moving, or other complications with this joint or the surrounding muscles suffer from a TMJ disorder, a type of temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
If you’ve been diagnosed with TMJ, your dentist or doctor may have suggested getting fitted for a mouthguard, and here’s why:
How a Mouthguard Can Treat Your TMJ
Mouthguards are often recommended as a form of treatment for TMJ to help ease pain and prevent symptoms or further damage to the joint and the surrounding muscles. They work by holding your jaw in the correct position to:
- Prevent cleaning or grinding teeth (bruxism)
- Prevent your jaw from locking
- Correct an improper bite
- Help your jaw, and facial muscles relax
These mouthguards are most commonly worn at night while you sleep since many individuals are unaware of how their mouth movements, such as clenching and grinding, can impact your jaw health and quality of life during the day.
The Preventive Oral Device®
The Preventive Oral Device® (US Patent 10,639,187) is a mouthguard designed to treat TMJ, prevent further damage to your joint, reduce symptoms, and improve your overall quality of life.
Also known as The POD®, this mouthguard is designed to be worn while sleeping to help protect your teeth and stop tooth damage caused by clenching and grinding. By having the dental arches discluded, excessive tooth wear caused by bruxism is reduced. Utilizing patented Unilateral BiteBlock Technology®, this 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.
When using a mouthguard to treat TMJ, it must fit properly for the most effective treatment. The POD® is custom-made using high-quality materials for a precise fit and ultimate comfort.
Contact us to learn about our TMJ treatment options today!
For TMJ treatment in Suffolk County, 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.