Besides professional cleanings and comprehensive diagnostics, general dentistry may also involve treatment for certain functional issues, such as bruxism and TMJ disorder. Such conditions can cause a wide variety of discomfort, and can lead to irreversible damage to your teeth and/or your jaw joints.
In many cases, treatment for bruxism and/or TMJ disorder may involve no more than a custom-designed mouthguard that can be worn at night. The appliance protects teeth from grinding against each other, and can help your jaw rest in a more comfortable and balanced position.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the clinical term for the constant, unconscious grinding of your teeth. It can be caused by a combination of different factors, from excessive tension in your jaw muscles to a discrepancy in your bite balance, and more. Consequences of untreated bruxism can include:
- Loud grinding noises while you sleep
- Worn tooth surfaces
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Chronic tooth sensitivity
- Frequent headaches
- And more
What is TMJ Treatment?
TMJ disorder, which stands for temporomandibular joint disorder, is a dysfunction of your jaw joints, which are located on each side of your jaw. TMJ disorder can contribute to bruxism as well as result from it, and can also be caused by injury to the jaw, an imbalance in your tooth alignment, a congenitally uneven jawbone, and more. Besides bruxism, symptoms of TMJ disorder can also include:
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Popping or clicking noises
- Sore, painful jaw and face muscles
- Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
- Ringing and pain in one or both ears
- And more
If you suffer from chronic teeth grinding, jaw pain, headaches, or more, then find out if bruxism and/or TMJ treatment can help you find relief. Schedule an examination with one of our experts by calling our Spring, TX, dentist’s office near you!