Do you have a bad habit of clenching your teeth or grinding your teeth when you sleep at night? When you wake up in the morning do your teeth feel sore due to frequent grinding at night?
At Sugarloaf Signature Dentistry, we understand the discomfort and damage bruxism can cause, including weakened enamel and tooth structure. If not addressed, bruxism can lead to temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), a condition affecting millions. Get relief from jaw pain and tension when you schedule a TMJ consultation with our team today!
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is a condition that affects your jaw joints—the temporomandibular joints (TMJ)—and surrounding tissue and muscles. 35 million Americans suffer from TMD. There are multiple causes of TMD, including:
Bruxism, the frequent act of grinding or clenching your teeth
Arthritis of your temporomandibular joint
A broken or dislocated jaw
Stress that frequently causes you to clench or grind your teeth
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of TMJ/TMD?
There are many common signs that are characteristic of TMD including:
Frequent jaw pain or stiffness
Neck and shoulder pain
Headaches or migraines
Malocclusion (A misaligned bite)
It may surprise you how far-reaching the effects of a TMJ disorder are, but your jaw is an essential part of your daily life and overall health. To learn more about TMD and how to stop and prevent some of these problems, call for a TMJ consultation at Sugarloaf Signature Dentistry today!
There are many options available to treat and reduce your symptoms of TMD. These treatment options are based on the unique needs and circumstances of each patient. Some of the treatments we offer here at Sugarloaf Signature Dentistry include the following:
Physical therapists can evaluate your jaw and perform tests to examine your posture and measure the motion of your jaw. They will use the information they gather to create a personalized treatment plan to address your TMD symptoms.
You might not know it, but Botox can be used to help manage TMD. Our dentists administer Botox treatments to help relax your jaw muscles. When botox proteins take effect, they freeze your jaw muscle to prevent you from grinding your teeth.
These are some of the benefits of Botox treatment at our office
Treatments are quick, painless, and minimally invasive
Your treatment plan is customized to your needs
There is no downtime after treatment
No preparation is needed for your appointment
Botox will quickly take effect to prevent jaw grinding and teeth clenching
Call us today to schedule your Botox appointment!
A misaligned bite is one of the most common factors of patients that experience TMD. Our dentists are able to reshape your bite. This can help prevent you from grinding your teeth. We might also make other recommendations if you require further adjustment of your bite.
Custom Splints and Bite Guards.
A custom splint or bite guard is a hard piece of plastic similar in appearance to a retainer, that is designed to be worn at night. They work by adjusting your bite so that only your front teeth touch, preventing unwanted grinding or clenching of the jaw. A bite guard prevents you from damaging your teeth while sleeping and can reduce any associated headaches and pain that are commonly experienced.
Other factors that can also help reduce symptoms of TMD on your own include:
Reducing your level of daily stress
Avoid chewing hard objects like pencils, pens, ice, or hard candy to avoid damaging your teeth
Practice relaxation techniques to reduce stress
Eating softer foods to put less stress on your jaw muscles
What Happens When I Get a TMJ Splint?
If you’re struggling with bruxism or pain from TMD, schedule a consultation with our team today. When you come in for your visit, we will look at your jaw alignment to discover the best course of action.
If you need a TMJ mouth guard, we will take impressions of your teeth to create your splint. When your splint arrives, we will show you how to properly wear it.
“Over-the-Counter” Mouth Guards vs. Custom
Over-the-counter mouth guards are often “one-size-fits all”, meaning that they are not designed or customized with your smile in mind, potentially diminishing their overall effectiveness. At our office we can create a much more comfortable customized mouth guard designed to fit your unique smile.
To Stop TMJ Pain And Start Living, Contact Our Office Today!
TMJ pain can be painful and cause tooth damage, but it does not have to. We offer multiple treatment options such as Botox and custom night guards to help target the symptoms you frequently experience and prevent further tooth damage.
You can get started today by giving our office a call or scheduling an appointment online. Contact us at Sugarloaf Signature Dentistry today!