Do You Need Bruxism/TMJ Treatment?
Bruxism and TMJ disorder are conditions that affect the function of your bite. Bruxism is the clinical name for unconscious teeth grinding, and TMJ disorder affects the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) that control your jaw’s movement. In both cases, Dr. Schmidt often helps patients find harmony in their smiles through custom-designed oral appliances that protect teeth and can allow the jaw to rest more comfortably.
Not every instance of grinding teeth is a disaster. On the contrary, clenching your teeth together is one of many natural responses to stress, nervousness, anger, embarrassment, and other tense emotions. However, when you do it consistently, even if you aren’t aware of it, the friction and pressure can severely wear down and damage your teeth. The tooth wear can eventually throw your bite off balance and increase your risks of tooth loss.
About TMJ Disorder
Temporomandibular joints connect your lower jaw, or mandible, to your skull. The dual pivots work and move simultaneously, and proper bite alignment is essential to keeping their movement natural. If you have misaligned teeth, an imbalanced jawbone, or suffer from bruxism, then you may develop TMJ disorder and its long list of potential symptoms, including chronic headaches and migraines.
How to Treat Bruxism/TMJ Disorder
A proper assessment is needed to determine if you exhibit bruxism or TMJ disorder, so the first step is a comprehensive examination. Bruxism, though it occurs mostly at night, can be detected by the signs of wear on your teeth’s chewing surfaces. TMJ disorder can be diagnosed after a careful assessment of your bite and jaw’s alignment.
Because bruxism occurs mostly while you’re asleep, you may be able to wear a custom-designed sleep guard to stop your teeth from grinding against each other at night. In the case of TMJ disorder, a special oral appliance can also help your lower jaw rest in a more comfortable position to ease the pressure on your jaw joints.
Call The Austin Dentist Today!
At The Austin Dentist, our philosophy is to provide the gift of service to everyone, and to create rewarding, lasting friendships with all of our patients. We offer a comprehensive list of dental health services in a beautiful environment, where you can receive the care you need from an intelligent, cheerful, patient-centered team. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Joseph G. Schmidt, contact The Austin Dentist in Austin, TX today by calling (512) 328-1500.