This Dentist Treats Grinding, Headaches, & TMJ
- June 30, 2017
Around here, we try to help our patients work through any issues that are related to their mouths, including teeth grinding. Did you know that if you habitually grind or clench your teeth together, this is technically known as bruxism? True story! That’s the bad news. The good news is that our Plainville dentist’s office can help you to address such problems with our easy and effective solutions. In fact, Dr. Peltzer is the go-to guy in Central Connecticut for treating teeth grinding and TMJ/TMD. Keep reading to hear more about it, and then be sure to follow up and schedule your next appointment at Gentle Dental Care.
It Happens Subconsciously
It is crazy to think that you could have a large problem in your life and not even know it is going on, or at any rate, why it is happening. But in reality, we have found that many patients who grind their teeth do so in their sleep, and don’t even realize it! Your kids, job, and other responsibilities may be to blame. That’s because teeth clenching and grinding may actually be happening in response to unchecked stress or deep-seated anxieties. This can be a subconscious reaction, even when you are awake.
Bruxism Can Create TMJ-Related Troubles For You
You may not know this, but the temporomandibular joint is a major player. It allows you to open and close your mouth to speak, to bite into things, and to chew. When you grind your teeth together, you are putting added pressure on this joint, which can cause problems for you.
The Pain Is Likely Due To A TMJ Disorder
If you are a grinder, it won’t be much fun to live with the side-effects: headaches, earaches, facial pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain all can be the result of grinding your teeth. This is what usually gets people’s attention.
You’ll Have To Take Steps On Your Own
If your pain persists after you have tried eating softer foods, icing your jaw, and avoiding big jaw movements, then you should seek professional help from Dr. Peltzer.
Exercise, and relaxation techniques may help you cope with the stress that contributed to your teeth grinding.
Change Your Lifestyle
For some folks, alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco use can affect the frequency of their teeth grinding. Using less of these substances may ease your TMJ symptoms as well.
Visit Gentle Dental Care For Help
Remember, dentists are experts on your mouth, and they can identify, diagnose, and treat TMJ problems. This is one of our specialties at Gentle Dental Care.
A Mouthguard Is Your Best Bet
Right here in our cozy office we can create a custom-fitted mouthguard that you can wear overnight. This will prevent you from grinding your teeth in your sleep and help you find some relief.
Let Us Help!
The first step in finding out how to stop grinding your teeth is calling Gentle Dental Care at 860-479-2397. Dr. Peltzer will work to get you some relief ASAP!