TMJ and Night Guards in Coral Gables, FL

TMJ and Night Guards in Coral Gables, FL

Disorders of the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ for short, are conditions that affect the joints of the jaw. These joints connect the lower jaw to the skull and are necessary for chewing, speaking, yawning, and other mouth movements.

TMJ disorders are characterized by pain in and around the jaw, popping or clicking sounds, and locking of the jaw. They can be caused by several factors, including stress, teeth grinding, arthritis, injury, and more. At Shari A. Witkoff DMD, we offer night guards as a non-invasive and effective solution for managing TMJ pain and preventing teeth grinding or clenching.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorders 

  • Pain in the jaw area
  • Popping or clicking noises when opening the mouth
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Neck aches
  • Facial pain
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Ringing in the ears

The Role of Night Guards

Night guards are commonly recommended by our dentist in Coral Gables to alleviate TMJ-related symptoms and symptoms caused by teeth grinding or clenching, known as bruxism. If you suffer from a TMJ disorder or bruxism, you may wake up with headaches or jaw pain in the morning. You may also experience tooth sensitivity, worn-down enamel, and chipped or broken teeth.

When you wear a night guard, you prevent your teeth from grinding against each other. This prevents the wear and tear on your teeth that can lead to damage over time. It also prevents your jaw muscles from becoming sore or tense.

Additionally, wearing a night guard can help you sleep better at night. Many people who have TMJ issues also snore. A custom night guard can help prevent snoring, allowing you to sleep more soundly.

The Benefits of Night Guards

Pain Relief

Pain relief is one of the most significant benefits of using night guards for TMJ disorders in Coral Gables. TMJ disorders often cause persistent jaw pain, headaches, and facial discomfort. Night guards help position the jaw more comfortably and relaxed, reducing tension and strain on the temporomandibular joint. 

The gentle cushioning effect of the night guard also discourages clenching and grinding of teeth during sleep, leading to relaxation of the jaw muscles. By preventing excessive strain on the TMJ, night guards can help reduce inflammation in the joint, alleviating pain.

Improved Jaw Function

TMJ disorders often restrict jaw movement, making it difficult to open and close the mouth comfortably. Night guards help maintain proper jaw alignment, allowing the joint to function more smoothly. Night guards can help reduce the clicking or popping sounds often associated with TMJ disorders, enhancing overall comfort.

Prevention of Further Damage

Teeth grinding and clenching, known as bruxism, frequently accompany TMJ disorders. The pressure exerted by bruxism can exacerbate TMJ symptoms and lead to dental problems.

By acting as a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, night guards prevent excessive wear, chipping, and fractures caused by grinding. Night guards help preserve the natural tooth structure, reducing the need for restorative dental work.

If you suspect you have a TMJ disorder or are experiencing any associated symptoms, visit Shari A. Witkoff DMD at 475 Biltmore Way, Suite 310, Coral Gables, FL 33134, or call (305) 444-4842. Finding relief from TMJ-related pain is possible, and night guards can be an essential part of that journey toward improved comfort and oral health.


475 Biltmore Way, Suite 310,
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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