Find Comfort in TMJ and Bruxism Treatment
When the muscles and joints that support your ability to open and close your mouth become stressed, you may suffer from uncomfortable symptoms. Or, if you habitually grind your teeth, you may deal with daily tooth sensitivity. Fortunately, our team at Dental Associates of Moreno Valley offers TMJ and bruxism treatment to patients suffering from the negative effects of these jaw-stressing disorders.
Understanding TMJ Discomfort
You have a TMJ on either side of your head, which stands for temporomandibular joint. These are your jaw joints, which connect your lower jaw to the rest of your skull. They allow you to open and close your mouth and to move your jaw from side to side, which is essential for speaking and chewing. While doctors cannot pinpoint a single underlying cause of TMJ disorder (TMD), they can identify the disorder through common symptoms, which include:
- Pain or tenderness surrounding your jaw joint
- A feeling of tension or soreness in your TMJs
- Radiating discomfort that extends into your neck and shoulders
- A clicking, grinding, or popping noise that occurs when you move your jaw
- Ringing in the ears
- A jaw that become temporarily stuck when you open or close your mouth
Bruxism is a disorder characterized by grinding your teeth or clenching your teeth together. It may lead to more severe problems, like TMD, as a result of the stress it often places on your TMJs. However, its more immediate symptoms include:
- Worn down tooth surfaces
- Heightened tooth sensitivity
- Weakened teeth that display small cracks
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Indented areas along tongue borders
Bruxism may occur as a habit that you fail to recognize – many patients suffer from teeth grinding while they sleep.
Treatment with Oral Appliance Therapy
Both TMJ and bruxism deal with the motion of your jaws and stress that occurs as a result. To deal with these disorders, we offer oral appliance therapy. This form of treatment includes the use of an oral device much like an athletic mouth guard that you will wear while you sleep. The appliance will address your particular concern, either repositioning your jaw to reduce TMJ strain or preventing your top and bottom teeth from contacting one another to inhibit grinding.