Silverdale Dental Center offers comprehensive treatment for improved oral and overall health
If you have woken up with pain in your jaw or with a migraine, you may grind your teeth at night. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can lead to damaged teeth and restorations. It can also result in chronic jaw pain, headaches, or Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder. TMJ sufferers can find relief at Silverdale Dental Center. Schedule a consultation to find out how our treatment for TMJ can help you!
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
TMJ Disorder affects the jaw joint, which is responsible for a wide range of movement from chewing to yawning. Roughly 5 to 12 percent of the population will experience TMJ disorder and though the cause is not always known, common contributors to the disorder include:
- Injury or trauma
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
Restoring Your Comfort and Health with Treatment for TMJ and Bruxism
Caring for mild jaw pain may be as simple as applying warm compresses and a temporary soft food diet. Anti-inflammatory medications can also be helpful, but when your symptoms are more severe and lasting, you may require a night guard. A night guard is a customized mouth guard that is worn while you sleep to prevent you from grinding your teeth. This is also often the recommended treatment for bruxism.
Occlusal Adjustment for an Aligned Bite
When your teeth do not fit together properly, it can often be a result of a new restoration, like a filling or crown. Our doctors find the point of contact that is causing your misaligned bite and make an adjustment to allow your teeth to rest comfortably together.