Marshall Dental Associates offers many pain management methods for TMJ and more.
Night Guards/Mouth Guards
Our dental clinic can provide custom designed mouthguards and nightguards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Mouthguards are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth may get hit. In addition, these guards protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Nightguards are also recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night as a way to protect their teeth and bite.
If you have decided a guard is right for you, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth which will then be sent to a lab to make a custom fit guard for you. In most cases, you can choose from a variety of colors and styles for your guard. On average, guards last between 3 and 10 years.
TMJ stands for "temporal-mandibular joint". Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw (joint where the head and jaw meet). Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong, a good deal of trouble can result.
Problems in this area can cause:
- Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Pain in the jaw muscles
- Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face
Dental services and treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If untreated and taken to extremes, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.
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My family and I have been patients at Marshall Dental Associates for almost 30 years. The entire staff is top notch. Having 3 excellent dentists in the office comes in handy, especially if I have an emergency. If my regular dentist can't see me, there is always another dentist there to help me. Drs. Parker, Reed and Fyffe have all worked on me and I highly recommend them. The entire staff is very welcoming, professional and friendly. My hygienist Jeannie gives me a sparkly smile. If I could give Marshall Dental more stars, I would...fantastic atmosphere and very skilled with up to date equipment .
My experience at Marshall Dental is always pleasant. I'm always greeted with a smile and kind words and personally escorted back to see the dentist. Dr. Reed always has time to visit with me and explains the procedures well and gives me options. I enjoyed visiting with Kyla and she did an awesome job cleaning my teeth after fitting me into her busy schedule. Everyone is so helpful and friendly. I always leave with a smile! Marshall Dental is a great place and I highly recommend it to everyone!
I highly recommend Marshall Dental Associates to anyone in the area. The staff is always so nice and sweet and welcoming when you walk in. I've heard great things about the other two Doctors there, my doctor is Misty Fyffe and she is awesome. If you're in need of a great dentist this is definitely the place to go.