At the Lawrenceville, GA dental practice of Dr. Bruce E. Carter, we can treat your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems including the teeth grinding disorder known as bruxism.
Nearly 10 million Americans live with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. Headaches, neck pain, clicking and popping in the jaw, teeth grinding, and difficulty swallowing are some of the symptoms caused by TMJ dysfunction, which is also called TMJD.
TMJ disorders develop because the temporomandibular joints, which connect the mandible to the skull, stop working properly. When the jaw joints don’t open and close correctly, the related muscles and nerves become inflamed, which results in discomfort. Some of the external factors that place extra strain on these joints may include trauma to the area, stress, excessive gum chewing or nail biting, and teeth grinding.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, then you don’t have to endure the pain. At our Lawrenceville general dentistry office, Dr. Carter will thoroughly assess your mouth to determine the factors that contribute to your TMJ. Once he has a full understanding, he can recommend a TMJ treatment that will help to restore your dental health and alleviate your discomfort. He may suggest non-surgical TMJ therapy such as bite restoration, over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, an oral appliance, or stretching exercises.
Some patients react to stress by grinding their teeth unconsciously during the day or, more commonly, while sleeping. The constant pressure and motion can harm teeth, as well as muscles and tissues in and around the jaw. The condition is known as bruxism. Constant clenching and grinding of the teeth can cause not only the aforementioned symptoms, but it may also contribute to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction, which has a long list of side effects associated with pain in the head and neck.
Teeth rubbing together consistently will result in surface wear over time, which will cause other dental and medical problems. For example, insomnia, eating disorders, and depression can result from bruxism if left untreated. Relieving symptoms of bruxism include stress and anxiety management, focused facial relaxation, massaging and stretching of face and neck muscles, applying ice or wet heat, proper rest, eating soft foods, and hydration. If your teeth were damaged because of bruxism, or if Dr. Carter finds TMJ to be a major factor, our Lawrenceville dental team will treat you to provide complete relief.
Call today if you suffer from TMJ or bruxism. We can help!