TMJ and Bruxism Treatment Relieve Jaw Tension
Your oral cavity includes more than just your teeth and gums. It is also composed of supportive tissues like ligaments, joints, and muscles, which allow you to open and close your mouth, and to move your jaw from side to side. When you experience disorders like TMJ dysfunction and bruxism that compromise the health of these tissues, you may experience discomfort. Visit our friendly team at Dental Associates of Corona to find the relief with our preventive treatments.
About TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder (TMD) affects your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) – also commonly called jaw joints. You have one TMJ on either side of your head, which connects your jaw to the rest of your cranium. The TMJs allow you to open and close your mouth, and to move your jaw. When these joints fail to function up to their full potential, you may experience discomfort and symptoms including: clicking or popping of your jaw, a tender or sore jaw, headaches, aching in your ear or face, tinnitus, or tension in your neck and shoulders.
Bruxism is a disorder that occurs when you grind or clench your teeth. This repeated motion may place enormous stress on your TMJs and other surrounding tissues, as well as your teeth. You may experience heightened tooth sensitivity, fractures, or broken teeth, and additional symptoms including: worn tooth surfaces, mild headaches, tongue indentations, jaw discomfort.
TMJ and Bruxism Treatment From Your Corona Dentist
These two disorders display similar symptoms, which we may address with a treatment called oral appliance therapy. We will provide you with a custom-fitted oral appliance, or mouthguard. You will place the guard into your mouth before you go to sleep. Your Corona family dentist may provide you with an appliance that places a cushion between your top and bottom teeth, preventing grinding. Or, you may receive an appliance that gently repositions your jaw as a means of relieving jaw joint stress. Noninvasive TMJ and bruxism treatment promotes improved daily comfort, prevents further physical damage, and gives your body an opportunity to heal.