Stopping Your TMJ-Related Headaches With Appliance Therapy

If you often experience headaches or pain in your jaw, then you may be suffering from the common symptoms of TMJ disorder. Without treatment, TMD may even cause problems opening and closing your mouth. Fortunately, we help patients in Des Moines, IA, with oral appliance therapy. How do custom-made appliances stop TMD and when should a patient see us for treatment?

The Causes of TMJ Disordered and Bruxism

Why do these jaw joint disorders form? TMJ disorder often occurs when the temporomandibular joints undergo excessive strain. The stress on these joints, which we use to eat and speak, could lead to problems fully opening and closing the mouth, as well as a host of uncomfortable symptoms. The factors behind the jaw joint stress could include poor dental alignment, bite imbalance, tooth loss, teeth grinding, or injury to the face or jaw. Likewise, issues with the bite and alignment of your smile, as well as stress in your daily life, could mean the onset of bruxism. With bruxism, patients regularly grind and clench their teeth at night. The immense pressure placed on the teeth could eventually wear down enamel and tooth structure, and also crack or chip teeth, leading to a greater risk of tooth decay and dental infection.

The Common Warning Signs

How do you know if you need treatment? First, watch for the common warning signs of trouble, which include soreness in the face or jaw, popping or crackling in the jaw, headaches, and aches in the neck or shoulders. Patients also suffering from bruxism may experience tooth sensitivity and toothaches as teeth become worn and damaged. If you recognize one or more of the warning signs we just discussed, then please see our team as quickly as possible for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options.

Customized Appliance Therapy

With customized appliance therapy, we create a series of appliances that patients wear like nightguards. The devices will fit comfortably and also readjust the jaw, easing tension. Doing so helps reduce the risk of TMD and teeth grinding symptoms, relieving the stress on the jaw joints. An appliance also acts a barrier, standing between your upper and lower sets of teeth and preventing further damage to your teeth as you undergo treatment. If you have any questions about treating TMD and teeth grinding with customized appliance therapy, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy a more comfortable and healthy smile!


Our team wants to find the best solution to your TMJ disorder and bruxism. Our practice is ready to help families in Des Moines, IA enjoy better oral health with preventive care. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (515) 244-9565.