How does wearing a night guard help me with TMJ?

Wearing a night guard can help with TMJ by reducing the amount of pressure and tension on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the surrounding muscles. A night guard is a custom-made dental appliance that fits over your teeth, similar to a mouthguard. It is typically worn during sleep to prevent teeth grinding and clenching, which are common causes of TMJ disorders.

When you grind or clench your teeth, you put extra stress on the TMJ and the surrounding muscles. Over time, this can cause inflammation, pain, and damage to the joint. A night guard helps to cushion your teeth and prevent them from grinding together, which reduces the amount of force on the TMJ.

In addition to reducing pressure on the joint, a night guard can also help to improve your bite alignment. If your teeth are not aligned properly, it can put additional stress on the TMJ and cause pain and discomfort. A night guard can help to correct your bite and reduce the strain on the joint.

Overall, wearing a night guard can help to alleviate TMJ symptoms, such as jaw pain, headaches, and earaches. It is important to have a custom-made night guard that fits properly and is designed specifically for your needs, as a poorly fitting night guard can actually make your TMJ symptoms worse.


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