If you frequently encounter pain in and around your jaw, or suffer from headaches, then you could be experiencing common warning signs of jaw joint strain, which could lead to TMJ disorder and/or bruxism (teeth grinding). Unless treated, these concerns could mean damaged teeth and major oral health complications. Fortunately, your Redmond, OR, dentist has a solution!
TMJ Disorder and Bruxism
When the jaw joints, which connect your jaw and skull, become strained, this could lead to TMJ disorder. Unless treated, TMJ disorder could eventually make fully opening and closing your mouth difficult, leading to serious and uncomfortable symptoms. Bruxism is a disorder in which a person regularly grinds or clenches the teeth at night. Eventually, bruxism could wean down teeth or even crack and chip them. Untreated TMD could be linked to bruxism, and vice versa. In addition, we can often treatment for both with a single solution, and restore health and comfort to your smile.
Signs of Trouble
How do you know if you need treatment? If have TMD, then you may notice pain in the face, neck, and shoulders. Your jaw could pop or click, and you could experience regular headaches and migraines during the day. If you have bruxism, then your teeth could feel sensitive or ache. Both issues could be caused by stress, tooth loss, bite imbalance, misalignment, or injury to the face or jaw! If you begin to experience one or more of these potential warning signs, then please contact our team today so we can discuss possible treatment options!
Our Custom Solutions
Unless treated, this issue could increase the risk of tooth decay and dental infection as the teeth become damaged and the sensitive inner portions exposed to harmful bacteria. Treatment options could vary. For example, we could use orthodontics to correct misalignment, or place a custom-made crown to restore bite balance. However, the most common solution is an oral appliance. After we take detailed impressions and measurements of your smile, we use the information to design and craft an appliance that fits like a mouthguard. The device is worn as you sleep and helps reposition the jaw to ease strain on the joints. The appliance also places a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, which helps prevent further damage to the teeth. If you have any questions about identifying and treating issues like TMD and teeth grinding, then please contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Family Dentistry?
Don’t let TMJ disorder and teeth grinding cause serious problems for your smile’s health and beauty, talk to our team about possible treatments instead. To learn more about our approach to family dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.