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Do you have persistent muscle aches in the neck or back, headaches, migraines or an aching lower jaw? TMJ may be to blame.

TMJ

If you suffer with persistent muscle aches in the neck or back, headaches, migraines or an aching lower jaw, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) may be to blame. TMJ can be caused by a variety of conditions, including involuntary clenching or grinding of the teeth while sleeping, a previous injury to the jaw or damage to the joint cartilage from arthritis. The result is a stiff, aching jawline that triggers pain throughout much of the body.

While many cases of TMJ are relatively minor and will heal themselves, more serious cases may require dental intervention. Without proper treatment, TMJ can sometimes result in permanent damage to tooth enamel and the supportive structures of your mouth, so it’s always best to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Ostrem if symptoms of this painful condition appear.

Nightguard

Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but don’t remember when the injury occurred, damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a night-guard, which protects your teeth from grinding & clenching in your sleep. Our team takes great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you suffer from headaches? You may find that a side benefit of your night-guard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask our team about having a night-guard custom created for you.

NTI

While nightguards protect your teeth from grinding against one another and becoming damaged, a NTI is another solution.

A NTI is a small device that only covers your anterior teeth. Similar to a nightguard, it is made from acrylics and hard plastics.  In addition to preventing the grinding of teeth, the extra benefit of the NTI is that over time, the device teaches your muscles to relax.  In this way, a NTI may be able to help you break the habit of grinding all together. If you are suffering from frequent migraines as well as damaged teeth, a NTI may be the answer. Ask your Ostrem Dental team if an NTI is right for you.

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