What Can The Dentist Do For MY TMJ Troubles?
- February 23, 2017
Do you have TMJ related troubles? Are you aware that this is usually due to an underlying teeth-grinding issue known as bruxism? Did you know that our Plainville, CT dentist’s office can help with that? True story. Keep reading to hear more about it, and then be sure to get in-touch with us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Peltzer.
If you are not sure whether or not you grind your teeth, it is a good idea to talk to your sleep partner about the sounds you make while you are asleep. When you are here for your next visit, Dr. Peltzer can examine your teeth for signs of unusual wear, check the muscles around your jaw, and ask specific questions about your behavior and medical history to determine if bruxism is a problem for you.
Some other signs to watch for include rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscles, morning headaches or jaw pain, teeth that feel loose, and unexplained facial soreness or pain.
Once we know what you are dealing with, we can work on putting a plan in place to get you back on track fast.
It turns out that there are some things that you might be able to do on your own to get some relief from TMJ pain. For example, cutting out tobacco and decreasing alcohol and caffeine intake will often decrease the frequency and intensity of the problem.
When you come in for your consultation, we will work with you on additional techniques and exercises to help you stay relaxed throughout the day. This will help, to a certain extent, but it will take concerted effort on your part, and it may not go far enough.
Mouthguards & Nightguards
At Gentle Dental Care, we can help stop your grinding and prevent further damage from bruxism by fitting you with a custom-made occlusal guard, which is a mouthguard-type of dental appliance for TMJ trouble. It will keep your teeth from grinding against each other, even while you sleep. This solution is a little more expensive than a one-size-fits-all store-bought appliance, but there is one big difference: ours actually work!
Other Dental Solutions
Another thing to consider is the possibility that you could be experiencing TMJ related pain because your teeth are not in the best condition. Like, if your teeth are not sufficiently aligned, or you have some teeth that are missing altogether, this could be the root cause of your problems. As such, this necessitates a different approach when it comes to treatment.
As far as other dental solutions go, we can provide crowns, dental implants, or short-term clear aligner orthodontics.
One way or another, we will get your life back to normal!
Stop The Headaches, Call The Dentist!
We hope you have been inspired by the possibilities outlined in today’s post. If the bruxism symptoms we have mentioned sound familiar, please contact us as soon as possible to make an appointment with Dr. Peltzer. We can evaluate your specific concerns and provide solutions that will end your discomfort and protect your teeth.