Mouthpiece to Treat TMJ
I don’t have much of a budget to keep up on my dental health right now. This is mainly because we are in debt from some recent medical bills for my family. I have been dealing with TMJ on and off for years and recently it seems to have gotten much worse. It’s to the point that I can’t even open my mouth. It’s been days that my jaw is locked. Do you know if I can just go get a store bought mouthpiece to help improve my symptoms? Are they effective?
– Jena in Wyoming
Here are a few pointers to address your immediate symptoms. Switch between placing ice and heat compresses on your TMJ. This will help with the inflammation in the jaw. Keep up with this several times everyday for 10 minutes or so at at time. And take 800mg of ibuprofen three times a day too. This along with the ice/heat will help control the inflammation which is one of the main factors in your TMJ pain.
To answer your questions about the store bought TMJ mouth piece, it can’t hurt. It will be better than not treating it at all. But if you grind a lot, than it likely will not hold up for very long. The sizing is a bit tricky since they only come in small, medium, and large sizes. There is also a one size fits all product on the market. So if you are unsure of your correct size, than try the one size fits all for about $20.
A TMJ guard fit specifically for your case from your dentist will cost you a few hundred dollars, depending on where you go. Many dentists may be willing to work with you on payment and most dentists accept Care Credit which offers several affordable and zero interest payment options. It isn’t out of the realm of possibilities that your dental insurance will cover it too, if you do have dental insurance. The best TMJ treatment for your TMJ disorder long term is to go with the customized TMJ mouthpiece from the dentist office.
This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.
Related link: There is another type of dental mouthpiece that can be used to treat sleep apnea.