Bruxism/TMJ Disorder Treatment
Good hygiene and professional dental cleanings help control plaque, tartar, and the issues that they cause. But preventive dentistry also includes the analysis and treatment of bite problems like bruxism and TMJ disorder, which don’t evolve from plaque and tartar but can have a significant impact on your oral health and your bite’s function. Bruxism is the constant and often unnoticed grinding of your teeth, and when left untreated, it can excessively wear down your tooth structure, leaving it weak and vulnerable to damage or decay. The persistent tension can also lead to TMJ disorder, which describes discomfort, damage, and/or inflammation in the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) that allow your jaw to move.
Better, More Comfortable Jaw Movement
Bruxism and TMJ disorder are often closely related. The constant pressure of grinding your teeth can tax your jaw joints and muscles, leading to or exacerbating TMJ disorder. Likewise, the discomfort and misalignment of your jaw joints can cause your jaw to shift unconsciously as it tries to find a comfortable position. The shifting can force your teeth together, translating into constant teeth grinding. If you exhibit signs of bruxism during your regular exam, then your dentist may suggest wearing a custom nightguard to protect your teeth from grinding. If you experience chronic headaches, jaw pain, difficulty biting and chewing, or other common signs of TMJ disorder, then you may benefit from a custom appliance, such as the NTI appliance, that is designed to support your lower jaw in a more comfortable position as you sleep.
Find relief from bruxism and TMJ disorder
The symptoms of bruxism and TMJ disorder are many, and go beyond the common toothache that might typically warn you of dental trouble. Be sure to maintain a strict schedule of exams and cleanings with your dentist so you can detect the possibility of bruxism or TMJ disorder early. To learn more, schedule a consultation with one of our experts by calling the My Dentist office in Londonderry, NH, today at (603) 965-3407.