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Don’t Grind Your Gears Over TMJ Disorder

Waking up in the mornings is a lot harder than it used to be.

For one thing, it’s like you’ve got a head full of cotton that’s been soaking in molasses. Each day is getting harder and harder to focus on even the simplest of tasks, what with those nagging headaches that seem to be as regular as your morning cup of coffee.

And then there’s that cup of coffee itself. It just doesn’t seem strong enough these days to lift you out of your fog and get you going about your day. It’s even becoming harder to drink it. In fact, it’s getting difficult to eat or drink anything these days unless it’s through a straw.

But the puzzling aspect is that pain in your jaw. With every alarm that rings in another day, that dull buzz has turned into an ache, then the ache has turned into a full-blown throbbing pain. You’re afraid to discover what the next step is going to feel like.

If those symptoms sound even remotely familiar to you, then I’ve got some bad news: You could suffering from a strange-sounding condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder for short.

That pain in your jaw? Chances are it’s caused by the misalignment of the temporomandibular  joint which connects your jaw to your skull. It can be caused by a variety of things, including a craniofacial injury or excessive teeth grinding in your sleep. (Also known as bruxism, which carries its own share of problems and is often related to TMJ disorder)

If you are suffering from TMJ disorder, then you cannot delay getting treatment or else you will have to endure consequences that are even more severe than any pain you have felt up to this point. Your jaw could become even more “off track” which can destroy the cartilage which naturally lines the joint, rapidly accelerating the development of painful arthritis. If you think it hurt to eat your favorite foods now, just wait until later.

Unfortunately, later could mean too late. Advanced cases of TMJ disorder can result in the jack completely locking up. This will make it virtually impossible to speak, and the pain will be unimaginable.

My heart goes out to you if you or a loved one is going through this terrible ordeal, but thankfully, I have an answer to those problems that won’t cost you an arm or a leg, and doesn’t involve adding more pain to your life with an invasive oral surgery.

The Mouthguard Is Mightier Than The Sword

The solution that has treated hundreds of thousands of people stricken with TMJ disorder is a simple piece of plastic. No scalpels are involved, no complicated or lengthy procedures taking up every available afternoon or weekend. Just a simple consultation and a follow-up to get you fitted for a revolutionary mouthguard that will give you the best night’s sleep you’ve never had.

Once you come in for your consultation appointment, I will examine your mouth and your jaw to determine if TMJ disorder is, in fact, the cause of your discomfort.

Upon a successful diagnosis, I can begin the real work of treating you. That involves taking an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-fit mouthguard, which isn’t unlike a boxer’s mouthguard. The difference is that instead of protecting your smile from a heavyweight’s left hook, a TMJ biteguard goes on the offensive.

While you sleep, you’ll wear the mouthguard. Because it has been designed with your smile in mind, it will be comfortable to wear. While you’re sleeping, the biteguard will compensate for the misalignment in your jaw, resulting in a proper placement of the jaw relative to your skull.

In other words, a TMJ mouthguard will allow you to sleep easier, wake up without pain, and, over time, put your jaw back into working order. You’ll be able to eat, talk, drink, and sleep just like you remembered, so you can meet each day with the clarity and confidence that you deserve.

If you or a loved one are suffering in this fashion, you can’t afford to wait any longer until the damage inches closer to an irreparable state of affairs.

To schedule your appointment with me, please call 210-819-5233, or request an appointment online by clicking here.

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