TMJ & Bruxism Therapy
If you’re suffering from TMJ dysfunction and/or bruxism, you may be able to receive the same treatment to renew oral health and function and relieve pain caused by both oral health concerns. At Distinctive Dentistry, our team provides a wide range of preventive and restorative dentistry services to keep patients’ smiles whole and healthy. Patients who suffer from TMJ dysfunction or bruxism may have difficulty performing even the most basic daily functions, and it’s important that they reach out to our team right away. The sooner we begin our personalized treatment plan to renew your oral health, the better. Call us to find out more or schedule an appointment with us in our Dallas dental office.
What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the jaw to the skull bone, allowing the mouth to open and close. When these small joints are strained by overuse or damaged by traumatic facial injury, patients can experience discomfort when speaking, chewing, or smiling. Simple daily tasks suddenly become painful or impossible when patients suffer from TMJ dysfunction. It’s important to seek treatment for this dysfunction. Left untreated, TMJ dysfunction will typically worsen overtime.
What is Bruxism?
Brusxism is chronic grinding and clenching of the teeth. Most patients experience this issue while sleeping, and many others only experience bruxism as a response to stress. Some patients experience chronic bruxism while awake and asleep. Much research has been done to determine the underlying causes of bruxism, but they seem to vary between patients. Many patients who have severe, chronic bruxism do not match any of the characteristics typical of patients who experience chronic teeth grinding and clenching. Regardless of the underlying cause of the disorder, patients can receive simple, effective treatment using mouthguards. It’s important to seek treatment for bruxism because the constant grinding and clenching can lead to advanced dental wear, tooth sensitivity, chips, cracks, or breaks in teeth, and strained TMJ.
Nightguards for TMJ & Bruxism
Mouthguards can actually be used to treat both TMJ dysfunction and bruxism. Often called nightguards, comfortable oral appliances are an easy solution for both TMJ dysfunction and bruxism. Nightguards for bruxism sufferers are simple, thin guards designed to place a barrier between the two rows of teeth. Guards for TMJ dysfunction actually reposition the jaw in its ideal resting place. This relieves unnecessary strain on the jaw joints and stops unconscious movements. Additionally, with regular wear, the bite will begin to rest naturally in the more comfortable position further diminishing jaw pain.
Other TMJ Treatments
In addition to a custom crafted nightguard, we may recommend a variety of other treatments to relieve jaw pain and renew comfortable oral function for TMJ dysfunction sufferers. Some of the other TMJ therapies available from the Dallas dentist and team at Distinctive Dentistry include:
- Behavioral changes including removing outside stressors for patients whose TMJ is caused by stress-related jaw clenching
- Orthodontic treatment for patients who experience TMJ dysfunction caused by an improperly aligned smile
- Stretches and exercises completed every day to relieve pressure on the jaw joints