Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN
Are you familiar with temporomandibular joint disorder? Also commonly referred to as TMJ disorder, this occurs when there is dysfunction with your temporomandibular (jaw) joints. Living with this disorder often leads to chronic pain. It also can affect the alignment of your bite and jaws, but did you know that untreated TMJ disorder also could impact your sleep? Devine Dentistry wants to explore this topic, and how we can help.
Living with untreated TMJ disorder can cause systemic problems
By that, we mean that the symptoms of TMJ can cause issues throughout your body. For example, pain emanating from your jaws can start to radiate to other areas, including the head, face, neck, and shoulders. This pain can make it difficult to relax and fall asleep, as certain sleeping positions affect the alignment of the head and neck, aggravating your TMJ pain. If you sleep on your stomach or your side, this may be restful but is going to worsen your TMJ disorder and its symptoms.
Try sleeping on your back if you have TMJ disorder
There are several benefits to sleeping in this position to help manage your disorder. Sleeping on your back exerts less pressure on the jaw joints, and more support for your head, neck, and shoulders. It also reduces the likelihood you’ll grind your teeth or clench your jaw while asleep. Maybe sleeping on your back isn’t natural or comfortable for you. Try sleeping with a small pillow under the arch of your back. A good mattress topper might be a smart addition as well. Many of these mattress toppers adjust to the contours of your body, allowing you to sleep on your back comfortably.
TMJ Treatment in Nashville
TMJ disorder is one of the greatest diagnostic challenges in medical science because the symptoms can vary so widely from person to person. In truth, no two cases of TMJ disorder are the same. Your best resource for relief for TMJ disorder is a neuromuscular dentist. A neuromuscular dentist has completed extensive post-graduate training and education to provide cutting-edge and effective treatment. At Devine Dentistry, we offer neuromuscular dentistry, making us the ideal choice to identify and treat cases of TMJ disorder.
Devine Dentistry’s methods of treatment for TMJ disorder may include:
- Dental restorations, which help to fill gaps between teeth or replace lost teeth
- Orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth and re-align the bite
- Oral appliance therapy, which entails wearing a customized mouthpiece to bring the lower jaw forward and restore the ideal alignment of the jaws—alleviating the stress on the temporomandibular joint that is causing the dysfunction
Neuromuscular Dentist in Green Hills
Stop living with the pain, lost sleep, and all the other consequences that come from untreated TMJ disorder. Make your appointment at Devine Dentistry today by calling (615) 269-4209 if you’re located in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville, TN.