Migraine Pain Prevention
One common consequence of TMD is migraines. Sometimes the migraines can be so painful that you can’t get up or do anything else for the rest of the day. Migraines can be caused from nighttime grinding and clenching which occurs when the person is sleeping. These two actions place extreme stress on your jaw muscles and joints which can lead to pain in your jaw, neck, shoulders, and head. Nighttime grinding and clenching can also wear down and damage your teeth’s chewing surfaces.
One effective way to prevent migraines is with stabilization splints. Stabilization splints are plastic oral appliances that are worn over your teeth to prevent clenching and grinding. They can be either hard or soft depending on your needs.
Stabilization splints help relieve your facial and jaw muscles of tension and protect your teeth’s chewing surfaces. By keeping your jaw in a comfortable position, it helps to prevent further wear and pain that clenching can cause. Stabilization splints can also help to adjust the bite and put it into a more comfortable position which relaxes your muscles.
Compared to traditional mouthguards, stabilization splints are smaller so can comfortably be worn while sleeping. To find out if stabilization splints are right for you, contact RiverEdge Dental to set up a consult today.