TMJ & BRUXISM
TMJ and bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) are two potentially serious issues relating to your jaw and your teeth. Our dentists treat TMJ and bruxism to help ease your pain and save your smile.
They also take a customized approach to care and treat your TMJ and bruxism according to your symptoms.
Don't let TMJ pain or nocturnal teeth grinding and clenching cause you pain or compromise your smile. Contact us today to discover how we can help!
TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint, but the abbreviation is commonly used to describe temporomandibular joint dysfunction—TMJ or TMD. When the hinge-like joint that connects your jaw to your skull isn’t functioning properly, it can cause pain in the face, jaw, ear, and head. In severe cases, TMJ may cause your jaw to lock and compromise your ability to chew. TMJ may also lead to a clicking or popping sound when you yawn or eat.
At Brady Dental Care, Dr. Brady and Dr. Throckmorton provide custom splints to help ease the jaw pain and symptoms associated with TMJ. First, one of them will assess your situation to make sure a splint is the right treatment for your TMJ. A splint is designed to reduce pressure on your jaw joints and help relax the surrounding muscles.
TMJ can be caused by trauma or other underlying conditions, but one common culprit is bruxism.
Bruxism means you grind or clench your teeth, often while sleeping. Untreated bruxism may lead to tooth breakage, erosion, misalignment, TMJ, and even tooth loss.
One of our dentists will assess your teeth for the telltale signs of bruxism and treat any issues that it has caused. Additionally, they may design a night guard to prevent you from grinding your teeth while sleeping. Night guards fit comfortably and are designed to keep your teeth apart throughout the night.
Many bruxers grind and clench their teeth while sleeping, and some studies have found that it may be linked to stress or sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by breathing cessation several times throughout the night. This is a serious condition that has been linked to sudden heart attack and stroke.
Easing Your Pain and Saving Your Smile
Our team is committed to easing your pain and saving your smile. This is why they customize your TMJ and bruxism treatments, which may require a single therapy or a combination of therapies. Our patients have been very happy with their results following TMJ and bruxism therapy, and we think you’ll be happy, too.
Contact Our Dental Team Today
If you have symptoms of TMJ or bruxism, or have any questions, contact our dental practice to schedule an exam consultation with one of our experienced dentists. We don’t want you or your family members to be in pain or to risk your smiles.