Why Does Your Jaw Hurt?

TMJ Treatment | 3 | Nashua Family Dentistry, Nashua NH

When you wake up in the morning, do you feel like you’ve been chewing rocks in your sleep?

Every day, you’re greeted by your new alarm clock – jaw pain – and at first it was a minor annoyance. Recently, however, it’s been getting worse. Some mornings, it hurts so bad that it’s almost unbearable, filling your head with bursts of intense pain that can make it difficult to focus on anything else.

If it was just the jaw pain, then maybe it wouldn’t be so bad, or you could somehow get used to it, but unfortunately it’s not the only problem you’ve been dealing with: You also wake up with a throbbing headache, and you can’t remember what it feels like to get a solid night’s rest.

Oddly, it is also difficult to chew, even to speak, without some level of discomfort. You just want to go back to living your life without this growing pain inside of your head, but you don’t even know what it could be. How can you fix a problem when you don’t even know what that problem is?

If these symptoms sound familiar, then I’ve got some good news and some bad news.

The bad news: You could very likely be suffering from a condition known as TMJ disorder, which is short for temporomandibular jaw disorder. It refers to the joint which connects your jaw to your skull. It’s a result of your jaw shifting out of the joint itself, and when this happens, it can cause serious damage to the joint, increasing your chances of developing arthritis and destroying the soft cartilage which helps get your jaw moving smoothly.

Before long, TMJ disorder can completely destroy the functionality of your mouth as you’ve known it, making it impossible to open or close your jaw at all.

With such gruesome symptoms as that, you might be hard-pressed to wonder what, if any, good news there could be.

Well, there is good news, and it’s simple: I can fix your jaw without any painful or invasive oral surgeries by fitting you with a specially designed mouthguard that will literally get your jaw back on track!


A Custom Mouthguard For TMJ Treatment


You might be wondering how a little piece of plastic can fix such a big problem like chronic jaw pain due to TMJ disorder. I’d be skeptical, too, if I didn’t know the science behind the treatment.

When you come for your appointment at my Nashua office, I’ll conduct a series of X-rays and other diagnostics to figure out the extent of your TMJ disorder. In most cases, I can treat you without any referrals, which will save you additional time, money, and pain.

After those initial examinations, I will make a wax mock-up of your smile. This will form the basis of the TMJ mouthguard, and will ensure a perfect, naturally comfortable fit. After all, you’re going to be wearing it while you sleep, and this process will make sure that the solution doesn’t become another problem.

Once I’ve constructed your mouthguard from the highest quality thermoplastics on the market, all you have to do is begin wearing it. It works by slowly readjusting the position of your jaw, effectively resetting it in place over a period of time. The length of time you will have to wear the mouthguards will be determined by the extent of your TMJ disorder.

In a series of weeks, you’ll begin to notice a change in your jaw as the mouthguard works its magic, slowly recovering your smile from the brink and reducing the pain you feel on a daily basis. You’ll be able to sleep more comfortably with each passing night until that one morning when you finally wake up and feel refreshed for a change!

This mouthguard can also protect your teeth against teeth grinding, which often goes hand-in-hand with cases of TMJ disorder, and will protect your teeth from wear and tear, as well.

If you or a loved one is sick and tired of being tired and sick with jaw pain, then you cannot afford to wait any longer to make your appointment to see me and begin your TMJ disorder treatment right away. Any delay could mean the difference between restoring your quality of life, or losing it forever.

I can be reached at 603-546-7460, or you may request an appointment online by filling out this simple web form.

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