Protect Your Teeth From Damage With a Custom Mouthguard

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching is the kind of habit you may not even know you have because it’s often done during sleep. But the tension it places on your jaw can leave your TMJ inflamed and irritated, causing painful symptoms you can’t ignore. One of our skilled dentists can create a custom mouthguard for you, which will:

  • Keep your jaw in a better position to prevent grinding and clenching
  • Give your jaw joint the chance to heal naturally
  • Be specially designed to fit your mouth snugly and comfortably
  • Protect your teeth from damage that would other require restorative dentistry

Prevent TMJ Pain With a Proactive Approach

We can provide effective, conservative treatment for your TMJ pain. But as your jaw heals, you can take a proactive approach to prevent unpleasant symptoms from returning. First, you shouldn’t use your teeth as tools for opening packages. You’ll also want to avoid crunching down on ice and other hard substances, as well as:

  • Chewing on pens or pencils
  • Biting your nails
  • Chewing gum
  • Letting your chin rest in your hand
  • Staying away from hard or gooey foods
  • Opening your mouth too wide (like when yawning or singing)

To relieve your discomfort, we may also suggest over-the-counter pain relievers in addition to wearing your mouthguard. You can also reduce pain and swelling with an ice pack or cold compress.

Start feeling better soon with TMJ treatment in Sioux Falls! Call us today at 605-638-9986.