How Do You Treat TMJ Disorder And Bruxism?

Did you know that millions of Americans suffer from discomfort as a result of either TMJ disorder (also known as TMD) and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding)? Fortunately, we can diagnose these disorders and recommend a comfortable and minimally invasive option to treat TMJ disorder and bruxism.

Try Our Quiz on Treating Bruxism and TMJ Disorder

  1. True or False: TMJ disorder can lead to problems opening and closing your mouth.
  2. True or False: Bruxism can damage teeth.
  3. True or False: Jaw pain could a sign of trouble.
  4. True or False: We can treat the issue with an oral appliance.

Answer Key

  1. True. The disorder develops when the jawbone undergoes excessive strain, which can cause problems fully opening and closing the mouth. Factors behind TMD can include tooth loss, misalignment, bruxism, stress, and injury to the face or jaw. We will assess the cause during our diagnosis.
  2. True. When we grind or clench our teeth, the pressure can eventually wear down enamel or even chip or crack the teeth, leading to a greater risk of tooth decay and infection, as well as jaw pain and headaches.
  3. True. If you have a popping and clicking sensation in your jaw, frequent pain in or around your jaw, or chronic headaches, then you may need a diagnosis. We can examine your smile to see if you require treatment for TMD, and then choose the most appropriate treatment option.
  4. True. An oral appliance will be custom-made and worn as you sleep. The device will look and fit much like a nightguard. However, for TMD the device repositions the jaw to ease strain. For bruxism, the device provides a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to prevent further damage to them. If you have any questions about diagnosing or treating TMD or teeth grinding, then please contact our office today.

Do You Have Jaw Pain?

We can treat jaw pain, including discomfort caused by teeth grinding and TMD, with a comfortable oral appliance. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.