The TMJ (short for the Temporo-Mandibular Joint) is one of the most complex joints in our body. It connects the moveable lower jaw to the base of the skull and allows movements forward, backward, and side-to-side. This joint gets used frequently every day – the TMJ is the joint that allows you to chew, speak, swallow, and yawn. And furthermore, since both sides are connected together by our lower jaw bone (mandible), a problem on one side can lead to downstream effects on both sides of the head and neck.
Bruxism (grinding of the teeth) is a reality for many people today. It commonly occurs at night when you involuntarily clench and grind your teeth. In the short term, it can lead to sleep disruption, migraines, neck pain and sore jaw muscles. In the long term, if left unaddressed, it can lead to significant destruction of the teeth.
One way to help limit the effects of bruxism is through the use of dental night guards. A night guard is a custom-made acrylic tray that snaps onto your teeth while you sleep. Since the acrylic is softer than your teeth, it bears the load of grinding and prevents damage to your natural tooth structure.
Our custom-fitted dental night guards are made to your exact specifications to improve their effectiveness and maximize comfort. We capture an impression of your teeth with a digital scanner – no goop involved! The nightguard is custom-made for you and tried in to ensure it is comfortable and effective.