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TMJ disorder is a term used by orthodontists like Dr. Ali Nia to describe general problems with the temporomandibular joints that are the hinges of your jaw. This can come in the form of discomfort when biting, aches in the muscles around your temples and in front of your ear, range of motion issues or a clicking sensation.

There are several things that can contribute to TMJ disorder symptoms. This could include early onset arthritis, orthodontic alignment issues, or a past dislocation. Grinding your teeth at night can also cause inflammation and other complications in the temporomandibular joints.

If the dentists suspects chronic night grinding is contributing to your TMJ disorder symptoms he might recommend that you sleep with a night guard in your mouth. It is a simple, yet durable soft plastic dental appliance that you insert in your mouth shortly before falling asleep. This will help to cushion your teeth and reduce stress on your temporomandibular joints. Ideally, you should talk to your dentist or orthodontist about having a custom night guard made.

If you live in the Gilbert, Arizona, area and you have been experiencing discomfort in your temporomandibular joints, you should call 480-558-7500 to schedule an appointment at Dentists 'R Us.