What A Pain Tooth-Grinding Can Be
- August 5, 2017
If you have been dealing with jaw pain and daily headaches, it might be time to go see the dentist. Why? Because these problems might actually be the result of a TMJ-related disorder. Here’s some good news though: if you live in the Plainville, CT, area, Dr. Peltzer can diagnose and treat you right here at Gentle Dental Care. Keep reading to hear all about it, and then be sure to follow up and schedule your next appointment with our caring and compassionate team!
Jaws: Not The Movie
Like we said, your jaw problems often start with your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. If the problem is bad enough, you may have a TMJ disorder (or TMD). We know, it gets a bit confusing.
Here’s the deal: the TMJ is the ball-and-socket joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. You can typically feel this joint moving as you open and close your mouth. This joint is crucial for speaking and chewing your food, among other things.
Bruxism Causes A Breakdown In Functionality
Bruxism is a fancy term for clenching or grinding your teeth. Most people who grind their teeth do it in their sleep. And it has been shown that this is done subconsciously as a way of coping with stressful situations. Most of the time, the people affected are not even aware that this is happening at night. We are telling you all this because Bruxism might be what is contributing to your TMJ-related disorder and causing a variety of not-so-pleasant symptoms.
Symptoms Of TMD
TMJ problems can impact your life in a variety of ways. The symptoms can make it difficult to enjoy a meal. They can make it hard to have a conversation or to concentrate on your work. Symptoms of a TMJ disorder usually include: headaches, popping or clicking when you open your mouth, neck pains, shoulder pains, earaches, facial pain, inability to open or close your jaw, and so forth.
Let’s be clear: many of these symptoms can have underlying causes other than TMJ problems, but if you are experiencing more than one or one of them on a frequent basis, we encourage you to come see Dr. Peltzer for a consultation. We can examine your teeth and your jaw for evidence of any problems.
We’ll Treat Your TMJ Right Here
Our dentist’s office in Plainville can be particularly helpful if bruxism is one of the causes of your TMJ problem, because we have invested in the tools, training, and technology that will be required to treat it.
Namely, we can custom-craft a mouthguard that will prevent you from grinding your teeth. By wearing this mouthguard at night or during the day, you will not be able to press your top and bottom teeth together. That should take care of it, right?!
Plus, the mouthguard we make for you will also hold your jaw in a more relaxed position. As you get used to wearing it, your TMJ and the muscles and tendons around it will become a whole lot less tense. That will ease the pressure that could be causing jaw, face, neck, and shoulder pains as well as earaches and your ongoing headaches.
End Your Pain Today!
Call Gentle Dental Care today at 860-479-2397 to learn more and to schedule your consultation with us! We’ll get you smiling again in no time!