TMJ Treatment / Teeth Grinding
Sometimes, you have pain and discomfort in places other than your teeth. Maybe your jaw hurts, or you get frequent headaches or migraines. Even if you’re not suffering from such aches, you might be grinding your teeth without realizing it, causing mild but persistent damage to your teeth and jaw joint. Left untreated, these problems can become serious issues. We offer a variety of dental treatment options depending on the specific nature of your dental issue.
What Is TMJ/TMD?
The joint between your jaw and your skull is called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Your TMJ and the surrounding muscles are what help you chew, talk, laugh, and smile. When this joint has problems, it’s called temporomandibular disorder (TMD). This manifests differently in people, but common problems associated with TMD include jaw pain, earaches, neck pain, lockjaw, and popping or clicking when you chew. It can even lead to headaches and migraines. TMD can be caused by any number of factors, including injury, overuse, or stress. It’s also a long-term problem, meaning it usually won’t go away on its own.
What Is Bruxism?
Stress in your life can affect your health, but it can also affect your dental health. Bruxism is unconsciously grinding or clenching your teeth due to this stress. It often happens while you sleep, but it can occur any time your mind is busy, even while you are at work. Not only does this grinding put unnecessary force on your jaw joint and increase the risk of TMD, but it can also damage your smile. By repeatedly grinding your teeth, you create worn surfaces that can easily lead to sensitivity, decay, and even fractures. Bruxism is a serious condition if not addressed.
Do You Get Headaches And Migraines?
Since your teeth and jaw are connected to your skull, TMD and bruxism can lead to chronic headaches. In particular, grinding your front teeth can aggravate a nerve that triggers migraines and tension headaches. While painkillers are useful to control the discomfort, they are not a permanent solution.
Treatment Options For TMD, Bruxism, And Headaches
Our team can offer several solutions to help. One of the best solutions is a mouthguard worn at night. Customized to fit your teeth, the mouthguard prevents the damage caused by grinding and clenching your teeth. Think of it as a temporary protection for your smile when you need it most. We also offer the NTI suppression system. This small device is made to order from resin and goes over your front teeth at night. Smaller than a mouthguard, it protects the nerve that causes migraines and tension headaches. It also helps avoid excessive damaging grinding contact between your upper and lower back teeth. Whether you have a problem with jaw soreness, grinding your teeth, or chronic headaches, we have a solution for you. Please contact our office at (484) 403-0099 or fill out our short online form to get more information or to set an appointment. A member of our staff will be happy to help find a date and time that works with your schedule. It’s hard to smile when you’re in pain, and because we are Always About Smiles, we are here to help.