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Relieve Uncomfortable TMJ Symptoms with a Custom Oral Appliance

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder affects nearly 35 million Americans. The temporomandibular joints are situated on either side of the face. Connecting the upper and lower jaws, these joints aid in movements used when eating and speaking. TMJ disorder can cause discomfort including chronic headaches and jaw pain as well as damage to your teeth. At our Phoenix, AZ dental practice, Dr. John Dovgan offers conservative TMJ treatment through oral appliance therapy to alleviate these symptoms and protect your smile. 

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

There is no single known cause of TMJ disorder. However, there are several risk factors which contribute to the development of the condition. Oftentimes, TMJ issues are a direct result of an uneven bite. When the bite is unbalanced, it can place excessive pressure on the jaw joints. As your jaw muscles try to compensate for the problem, the joints become fatigued.

Living with TMJ disorder can be debilitating but in most cases, a custom oral appliance can provide relief. 

TMJ disorder may also be caused by trauma, arthritis, or bruxism (teeth grinding). If not treated in a timely manner, this condition can lead to more serious oral health-related concerns. 

Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms of TMJ disorder are vast and varied. Common signs of this condition include:

  • Severe jaw pain
  • Tooth erosion
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Neck, shoulder, or back pain
  • Sore or fatigued facial muscles
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Bruxism
  • Clicking or popping sounds upon opening or closing the jaw

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with Dr. Dovgan right away. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key for long-lasting success. 

The Importance of Treating TMJ Disorder

Untreated TMJ disorder can lead to chronic pain and jaw dysfunction. Over time, these symptoms can result in a substantial decrease in your overall quality of life. Early intervention can help you avoid invasive and costly treatments to correct serious side effects of TMJ disorder.

Oral Appliance Therapy

oral appliance for TMJ disorder
A custom oral appliance can realign your jaw and relieve painful symptoms.

During your initial consultation with Dr. Dovgan, he will assess your bite and evaluate the jaw joints. We may also take scans or x-rays to visualize the underlying structures. TMJ pain typically occurs when there is a discrepancy between the position of the jaw joints and the teeth. Because each patient is unique, Dr. Dovgan will create a personalized treatment plan based on their specific needs. 

Oral appliance therapy can address most cases of TMJ disorder. This treatment involves the fabrication of a custom mouth guard, typically worn during sleep. The oral appliance is designed to slip snugly over the teeth for a streamlined, comfortable fit. In addition to separating the upper and lower teeth, the appliance also places the jaws in a more favorable position to alleviate stress and discomfort.

Achieve a More Comfortable Bite

Living with TMJ disorder can be debilitating. If you are experiencing symptoms related to this condition, a custom oral appliance could offer relief and eliminate your discomfort. To learn more about TMJ disorder treatments, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dovgan. Our team of professionals is always available to answer any questions you may have. You can contact us online anytime or call us at (602) 867-1899.

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