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
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.
As of May 19th we are open for full-service, non-urgent dental treatment.
Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
You will be notified via text, email or a phone call in regard to your upcoming visit and our new check-in procedures.
Our office will communicate with you to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. We will also take your forehead temperature when you arrive at our office.
We ask that you please wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when you arrive.
We want to minimize the number of patients in our waiting room and operatories, so unless necessary, please have accompanying people wait in the car during your appointment.
We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (360)692-9560.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Dr. Jason Niemeyer, Dr. Jeffrey Phillips and the rest of the SDC team