TREATMENT OF TMJ DISORDER

Symptoms of TMJ disorder are headaches, earaches upon waking up in the morning, a sore jaw, facial pain, worn or fractured teeth, loose teeth, and insomnia. These symptoms can be attributed to problems with your temporomandibular joint disorder. There are many reasons why you may be experiencing discomfort. You could be grinding, sliding your teeth back and forth over each other, or clenching your teeth, holding them too tightly together. This can happen at any age and can cause real trauma to your teeth.

A comfortable Nightguard can be custom-made from soft material to fit your teeth. It will relieve the pressure from the grinding and clenching, so that damage to jaw joints & teeth can be avoided.

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BRUXISM / CLENCHING

Bruxism is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth together during the day or grind them at night. Bruxism may be mild and may not even require treatment. However, it can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems. Because you may have sleep bruxism and be unaware of it until complications develop, it's important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to seek regular dental care.

Signs and symptoms of bruxism may include:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to awaken your sleep partner
  • Teeth that are worn down, flattened, fractured or chipped
  • Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of your tooth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain or tightness in your jaw muscles
  • 6 Tired jaw muscles
  • Earache ó because of severe jaw muscle contractions, not a problem with your ear
  • Headache
  • Chronic facial pain
  • Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek
  • Indentations on your tongue

These factors increase your risk of bruxism:

  • Stress. Increased anxiety or stress can lead to teeth grinding. So can anger and frustration.
  • Age. Bruxism is common in young children, but usually goes away by adolescence.
  • Stimulating substances. Smoking tobacco, drinking caffeinated beverages or alcohol, or taking illegal drugs such as methamphetamine or ecstasy can increase the risk of bruxism.

In most cases, bruxism doesn't cause serious complications. But severe bruxism may lead to:

  • Damage to your teeth (including restorations and crowns) or jaw
  • Tension-type headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Temporomandibular disorders ó which occur in the temporomandibular joints (TMJs), located just in front of your ears and felt when opening and closing your mouth

Treatment & Prevention: A comfortable Nightguard can be custom-made from soft material to fit your teeth. It will relieve the pressure from the grinding and clenching, so that damage to jaw joints & teeth can be avoided.


Tips for preventing against teeth grinding:

  • Reduce the amount of stress in your life.
    - Stress triggers teeth grinding, so the less stress that you encounter, the less your teeth will suffer.
    - Also incorporating come level of stress management, such as exercise, can help manage daily stresses.
  • Avoid caffeine. Caffeine is another trigger of teeth grinding, so avoid eating/drinking caffeinated beverages/foods such as chocolate, cola and coffee, especially before bedtime.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol. After alcohol consumption, teeth grinding increases.
  • Do not chew on anything that isnít food including pens/pencils/ice.
  • Learn how to relax your jaw muscles so you avoid clenching them and grinding too.


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