Prevent Grinding & Clenching With a Custom Mouthguard

If you wake up with your jaw hurting, you are probably clenching your jaw and/or grinding your teeth in your sleep. The strain this puts on your TMJ causes these joints to become irritated and inflamed. It can also affect your ability to use your jaw for eating and other activities. Our dentists can fit you for a custom mouthguard that will:

  • Ease your jaw into a position that prevents clenching and grinding
  • Relieve pressure to give your jaw a chance to relax and heal
  • Fit you perfectly, since it’s made using digital impressions of your teeth
  • Prevent damage to your enamel that could require restorative treatment

Avoid Behaviors That Cause TMJ Pain

Grinding isn’t the only habit that puts pressure on your TMJ. You should also avoid biting down on hard substances, including ice and fingernails. While your jaw heals, you’ll want to avoid:

  • Opening your mouth wide for activities like singing
  • Chewing gum
  • Resting your chin in your hand
  • Eating hard foods that require lots of chewing

For pain relief, we’ll likely recommend over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. You can periodically apply ice to relieve pain and facial swelling.

For TMJ treatment in Sioux Falls, call us today at 605-250-4651. You can also make an appointment online.