dental patient in need of tmj treatment

TMJ Treatment

Resolving Jaw Pain and Bruxism with Personalized Treatment

The Link Between TMJ Disorder and Bruxism

Many patients come to Bela Family Dentistry with complaints of sore facial muscles, especially when they first wake up in the morning. Most of these patients also have worn down or flat teeth from grinding and clenching (bruxism). And a lot of patients experience pain in their jaw joints and facial muscles, migraines, and pain that can radiate down their neck, shoulders, and back. If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, most likely it’s because something is out of balance. For any movements with your mouth, the jaw joints, muscles, and teeth all must work in harmony and when problems occur in one area, they can greatly affect other areas, too. This is why many patients with bruxism also suffer from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, an imbalance or misalignment of the joints that connect your jaw to your skull. We can resolve your bruxism and eliminate the sore muscles in your face with our personalized treatments, including a bite adjustment, oral appliances, and TMJ treatment with orthodontics. Reestablishing a harmonious balance between your joints, muscles, and teeth is often all that’s needed for you to return to a comfortable and functional life!

Signs of Imbalance

  • Teeth grinding and clenching
  • Chronic TMJ or jaw pain
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Sore facial muscles
  • Ringing in ears
  • Pain in neck, shoulders, or back

Treating Your Symptoms at the Source

It’s critical to discover the source of your symptoms in order to re-establish proper balance and comfort. Through comprehensive diagnostics, evaluation, and discussion with you, our dentists will use their expertise in TMJ disorder to provide treatment that is effective long-term. We provide the following solutions:

Bite Adjustment

When teeth do not come together properly, this can put a lot of strain on the surrounding joints and muscles, as well as lead you to grind and clench your teeth. Simply adjusting the surfaces of certain teeth so they don’t conflict can often resolve these symptoms. With proper occlusion, your facial muscles and joints will not have to overwork themselves in an attempt to find balance—it will already be established.

Oral Appliance

dental mouthguards

When bruxism is harming the teeth, and often when it’s associated with a misalignment with the TM joints, an oral appliance can restore balance and comfort. These acrylic guards prevent the teeth from clenching and grinding together, reducing facial muscle strain and pain. They also help the jaw and muscles rest and move back into a more harmonious position, restoring balance to the joints, muscles, and teeth.

Orthodontics

invisalign tray

When bruxism and TMJ pain are a result of severely misaligned teeth, orthodontics like Invisalign® can restore harmony between the upper and lower teeth, bringing balance back to the jaw joints and muscles. TMJ treatment with orthodontics can effectively resolve TMJ pain and bruxism, while simultaneously improving smile esthetics, dental function, and overall oral health.

Stop living with bruxism and jaw pain!

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