TMJ and Bruxism Treatment
Do you endure daily pain in your jaw, head, neck, or all three? These uncomfortable symptoms indicate that you may have a problem with your TMJ or temporomandibular joint.
Pain in your TMJ or surrounding areas is a significant problem that can affect just about everything you do. Simple everyday actions like chewing and speaking that you always took for granted are now a source of pain and discomfort.
Fortunately, Dr. Jordan Humbert offers a simple, non-surgical TMJ treatment at our Fort Collins dental office that can get you out of pain and relieve your symptoms.
Why Do I Have TMJ Pain?
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) hinges your lower jaw to your upper jaw and controls it's up and down and side to side movement. If you have a problem with this joint or it’s not functioning correctly, we call it TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder.
Some symptoms that you have TMD are:
- Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism)
- Broken, fractured, or worn-down teeth
- Headaches, including migraines
- Pain in and around your jaw area
- Clicking or popping sounds in your jaw
- A change in your dental bite or tooth alignment
- Jaw locked open or closed
- Stuffiness or ringing in your ears
If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, call our Fort Collins dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Humbert, so we can provide the relief you so desperately need.
How Are Teeth Grinding and TMD Related?
A common problem associated with TMJ is teeth grinding or bruxism either while you’re awake or during sleep.
Although the exact link is unclear, teeth grinding may play a part in TMJ problems or TMD. Estimates say that teeth grinding affects up to 20 percent of adults, and of those, as many as 20 percent also have TMD symptoms.
Teeth grinding occurs both when you’re awake and when you’re asleep. Awake bruxism is usually associated with stress or anxiety. However, teeth grinding most often happens when you’re at rest and is common among those with sleep disorders like sleep apnea.
What Treatment Do You Offer for TMJ Pain?
Considering the disruption that teeth grinding and TMJ pain creates in your life, treatment may be relatively simple. We have helped many patients find relief from TMJ pain at our Fort Collins dental office using a customized oral appliance.
Referred to as a nightguard or occlusal splint, it fits over your upper teeth like a mouthguard. It is customized for you using impressions of your teeth and prevents your upper and lower jaw from coming into contact while you sleep, even when you grind or clench your teeth. This relieves the stress and tension on your jaw joint and allows it to rest and recover.
Don’t Live with TMJ Pain—We Can Help You!
You don’t have to suffer from the debilitating symptoms of TMJ and teeth grinding, and the solution may be easier than you think. Please call Centre Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment for TMJ pain relief at our Fort Collins, CO dental office.