TMJ / Bruxism Therapy & Splints
Stop grinding teeth at night!
We can help you relieve the jaw and tooth pain that comes from grinding teeth.
TMJ disorders (also called TMD disorders) cause tenderness and pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) — the joint on each side of your head in front of your ears, where your lower jawbone meets your skull. This joint allows you to talk, chew and yawn.
TMJ disorders are caused by many different types of problems: arthritis, jaw injury, or muscle fatigue from clenching or grinding your teeth during sleep or while awake. Teeth grinding is also referred to as Bruxism in the dental field.
What are the symptoms of TMJ Disorder?
- Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
- Limited ability to open the mouth very wide
- Jaws that get “stuck” or “locked” in the open or closed mouth position
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
- Difficulty chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite
- Swelling on the side of the face
There are several options for treating TMJ/TMD disorder, with surgery being the last resort option. We offer custom-fit night guards – or splints – that can help you stop grinding your teeth at night. We will create a night guard oral appliance specifically for you, so that it will fit comfortably and not prevent you from sleeping. By managing your Bruxism, we can lessen the symptoms of TMJ.
Treating TMJ/TMD Disorders
The approach to treating TMJ disorders usually starts with non-invasive strategies aimed at relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and restoring normal function. Surgery is considered a last resort after all other treatment options have been exhausted or if the structural problems in the joint necessitate more direct intervention.
One of the most effective treatments for managing bruxism, and thereby reducing the symptoms of TMJ disorders, is the use of custom-fitted night guards or splints. These devices are designed to fit over your teeth, providing a barrier to protect them from grinding and clenching. Not only do they help prevent wear and tear on your teeth, but they also alleviate the strain on your jaw muscles and joints, promoting healing and reducing discomfort.
Our dental practice specializes in creating custom-fitted oral appliances tailored to each individual's anatomy for maximum comfort and effectiveness. By addressing bruxism, we can often significantly lessen the symptoms associated with TMJ disorders, improving our patients' quality of life.
Why Choose Us for Your TMJ/Bruxism Therapy
Our experienced team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for those suffering from TMJ disorders and bruxism. We understand that these conditions can significantly impact your daily life, causing discomfort and pain that goes beyond just your jaw. That's why we offer personalized treatment plans, including the creation of custom-fit night guards, to help manage your symptoms effectively.
If you're experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above or suspect you might have TMJ disorder or bruxism, we encourage you to reach out to us. With the right treatment, you can achieve significant relief and prevent further complications. Let us help you on your journey to better oral health and overall well-being.
If you would like to learn more about our custom-fit night guards, call us today to set an appointment.