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Discomfort in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your mouth can have an adverse effect on your overall enjoyment of life. TMJ disorder often starts out with pain or discomfort in the joints or surrounding jaw muscles. This can include a dull ache around the temples or in front of the ears, as well as discomfort when biting down. Many people with TMJ disorder, also complain of clicking in one-or-both of the joints. However, this is not a standalone symptom of temporomandibular distress.

The underlying cause of the TMJ disorder will dictate the treatment strategy recommended by the orthodontic specialists at Solomon & Wright Associates, P.C.’s Melrose, Massachusetts clinic.

Chronic night grinding, from unmanaged stress, is one of the more common causes of TMJ disorder. This might not be the only cause, but it could also exacerbate symptoms from a related TMJ issue.

Nightly pressure and tension in surrounding muscles can cause inflammation and pain in the temporomandibular joints. Even if chronic night grinding is not the primary cause of your TMJ disorder, it can escalate symptoms and cause undue distress.

In a case like this, your orthodontist might recommend using a night guard when you sleep at night. This is a soft plastic mouthpiece that you insert in your mouth when you sleep. It cushions the surfaces of the teeth, while also allowing a little slip. This can help mitigate some of your TMJ disorder symptoms.

If you live in the Melrose, Massachusetts area and you are experiencing discomfort in your temporomandibular joints, you should call 781-665-5222 to seek treatment at Solomon & Wright Associates, P.C.’s clinic.