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Reliable Dental Solutions for TMJ and Bruxism Problems

Involuntary teeth grinding and clenching is a common condition that affects many people. However, out of those affected, a small number experience excessive grinding and clenching, a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism, if left untreated, can lead to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems, which can result in several other dental problems. At Periodontal Associates, we offer several dental solutions to help treat TMJ and bruxism problems, thus preventing them from having an adverse impact on your dental health.

Understanding TMJ and Bruxism Problems

Bruxism, as already mentioned above, is the involuntary grinding and clenching of the teeth. The involuntary action happens when your brain is preoccupied, for example, when you are working or when you are sleeping. The grinding and clenching are usually forceful, which results in excessive pressure being applied on the teeth, which in turn, is transmitted to the jawbone. Therefore, grinding can ultimately result in temporomandibular joint problems - pain and discomfort in the jawbone.

While bruxism is the main cause of TMJ problems, the dysfunction of the jawbone can be brought about a traumatic dental injury.

Problems Caused by TMJ and Bruxism Conditions

TMJ and Bruxism problems can have an adverse impact on your dental and overall health. Some of the problems brought about by these conditions include:
•  Extreme pain and discomfort in the jawbone, which can make it hard to properly open your mouth, talk, laugh or even chew food.
•  A toothache, broken or cracked teeth, or worn out teeth due to the excessive force applied during grinding and clenching.
•  Neck and back pain. The stress from bruxism can also spread to the neck and back areas.
•  Headaches and migraines, which are a common side effect of bruxism and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
•  Earaches and sinus problems.

The pain and discomfort caused by these problems can greatly affect the quality of your life. For example, it can be hard to eat, talk, walk, or even perform various tasks due to the pain. It is thus important to seek immediate dental care when suffering from any of these conditions.

Available Treatment Options

TMJ and Bruxism problems can be treated following proper diagnosis. Since there are several treatment solutions available, diagnosis also helps to select the proper treatment plan. Depending on your condition a treatment solution, or combination of treatments, will be chosen to:
•  Reduce or eliminate the pain.
•  Restore the proper jaw and teeth function.
•  Ease the discomfort, thus allowing you to enjoy normal daily activities.
•  Treat the root cause of the problem.

Some of the most common treatment solutions used in treating TMJ and bruxism problems include:
•  Occlusal splints treatment. Occlusal splints are teeth guards that are used on bruxism patients to protect the teeth from damage during the night. They also help to reduce the stress applied to the jawbone, which can help to alleviate pain and discomfort.
•  Orthodontic treatment. TMJ and bruxism problems can be caused by bite problems or improper teeth positions. Orthodontic treatments can thus help to fix these problems.
•  Jaw surgery. In cases where the damage to the teeth and jawbone is severe, surgery can help to restore the proper jaw function. Jaw surgery can also help to reduce or completely stop incidences of bruxism.
•  Teeth restoration solution. The stress caused by grinding and clenching can cause extensive damage to the teeth. In such cases, teeth restoration solutions such as dental implants or implant-supported bridges can help to restore proper teeth function. However, other treatment solutions to stop or reduce bruxism are required before you can get teeth replacement treatments.

At Periodontal Associates we can help to ease the pain and discomfort caused by TMJ and bruxism problems, thus increasing the quality of your life. Contact us today at (971) 317-8414 to find out more about the various dental solutions we can offer you.
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