If you consistently wake up with jaw pain, you’ll want to ask your dentist to examine your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
The TMJ is a hinge connecting your lower jaw to your skull. However, this hinge can weaken when you clench or grind your teeth at night.
Your Livonia dentist will be able to determine if a TMJ disorder is causing jaw pain.
TMJ Treatment Methods
Do you grind or clench your teeth at night? Wearing a teeth grinding guard can noticeably alleviate jaw pain so you get a better night’s sleep. If left untreated, teeth grinding (also called bruxism) will wear away the enamel on your teeth and exert pressure on your TMJ. Fortunately, our dentists are able to create a night guard that forms a protective layer between your upper and lower teeth.
During your first appointment, we’ll take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. When you return for your second appointment, your custom night guard will be ready to take home. Your TMJ dentist will make sure your night guard fits comfortably so you can breathe easily during sleep.
Many of our patients are surprised to learn that cosmetic injections®️can help them find TMJ relief. cosmetic injections treatment helps relax your jaw muscles, relieving jaw pain and headaches. One of the main benefits of cosmetic injections for TMJ disorder is that it doesn’t affect your ability to bite, swallow, and speak. cosmetic injections treatment often takes 10 to 20 minutes in our office.
Our Livonia TMJ dentists may recommend a night guard or cosmetic injections injections to relieve jaw pain. To schedule your appointment with us, call Livonia Family Smiles at (734) 525-6100.