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Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we are asked by patients, as well as excerpts from Dr. Gladnick's column in the Wilmington News Journal's "Ask the Dentist."
Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one.
Cost Of A Nightguard
Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000.
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The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.
You may share a common problem with many other people who have TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). There is a complex system of ligaments, muscles, and bones that, if not allowed to work together properly, can result in pain around the jaw and ear, tenderness, clicking or popping when you open your mouth, a sensation that the jaw is sticking or locked, and certain types of neck and headaches.
What Is An Occlusal Guard?
Your dentist can determine the cause and recommend treatment appropriate for you. Treatment often includes an occlusal guard, which is an appliance you wear while sleeping. It fits on your upper or lower teeth and relieves the muscular spasms associated with this disorder.
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If you have jaw pain and don't know where to turn to give Drs. Gladnick and Justison a phone call today! Our friendly dental staff are ready to answer any and all questions you may have about TMJ/TMD disorder, so let's get started!
Your problem may be caused by a misalignment of your lower and upper jaws. In dentistry, this is called TMD or temporomandibular dysfunction.
What Are The Symptoms Of TMJ/TMD?
Some of the more common symptoms may include popping and clicking of one or both of the temporomandibular (jaw) joints located in front of each ear. Also included are stiff muscles of the neck and face, difficulty in opening or closing the mouth, and frequent headaches.
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Your jaw joints are complex ball-and-socket joints with a disc in between the bones that acts like a shock absorber. This joint complex can become damaged due to teeth grinding, stress, clenching, poor posture, worn or misaligned teeth, or traumatic injury such as a whiplash. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you can call this dental office or any dentist who has training in joint pathology.
Absolutely! Earaches of this nature may be due to the intense contraction of the jaw muscles as you clench your jaw or grind your teeth while you are sleeping. The muscle that connects to the ear will suffer as well as your jaw and teeth! Sometimes a bite adjustment or a comfortable night guard, especially contoured to your teeth, will completely alleviate your discomfort.
Learn more about how we can help with teeth grinding and TMJ symptoms here.
The possible causes of headaches are numerous. Sometimes headaches can be caused by the upper and lower teeth not fitting together properly.
A poor bite can disrupt the normal activity of the jaw joints and muscles, creating muscle pain and headache. By wearing a comfortable, removable appliance that is custom-made to fit the teeth, many times the pain can be eliminated.
Night Guards Help!
The appliance allows the lower jaw to assume its most relaxed, physiologic position and allows the muscles to rest. Balancing your bite and/or aligning your teeth often provides long-term relief.
Give us a call today to learn about how your Pike Creek dentist can help!