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:
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:
Some of the most common treatment solutions used in treating TMJ and bruxism problems include:
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.