Though TMJ and teeth grinding are mysterious conditions, Dr. Swartzentruber, Dr. Keahey, and our Carmichael Dental Care team know how to prevent both. You may be dealing with either of these issues if you’re experiencing:Dr. Keahey on TMJ Teeth Grinding Read Transcript
We treat bruxism, tooth grinding, TMJ, all opening-closing pain in the joint as a non-surgical step for us. We do the first step for it. It usually involves either occlusal adjustment or, most likely, some form of a bite splint that's removable. They can be worn in the evening, during the day, or depending on the piece, we do have varying things that we do with our laboratory to try to keep your bite as comfortable as possible and minimize the wear—more wear on your teeth.
It is a monitored piece, that’s why we like to see you a couple times a year to make sure that we're checking we're not getting any more habits—a pair of habits on your teeth, as well, and we want to make sure your appliance is fitting correctly.
The mouthguard or bite splints that we make are custom to you. It's impression on the top and the lower, as well as the bite. We try to make them as small as possible, they’re not like linebacker pieces or any kind of athletic guard. They are made of a hard material with a soft liner inside so they are comfortable to wear. They can be done in several colors. We prefer clear, it’s a little easier for people to have. I wear one myself and I find them not to be much of a problem.
- Clicking or popping in your jaw while talking, yawning, or eating
- Discomfort in your jaw, face, neck, and shoulders
- Headaches, especially upon waking up
- Tooth sensitivity
With quick and easy solutions, we’ll ensure you enjoy a healthy, pain-free smile again. Call 334-600-1423 to contact our Montgomery, AL dentist office and schedule your appointment today!
Get Fast And Easy Solutions For TMJ Pain And Teeth Grinding
A major reason you many be coping with either of these issues is stress in your jaw and facial muscles. To relieve your discomfort, we provide the following treatments:
- A customized nightguard, also known as a splint, which relieves stress on your jaw and prevents you from grinding your teeth at night and wearing down the enamel (a condition known as bruxism)
- Botox® treatment, which relaxes your facial and jaw muscles to relieve unnecessary stress and prevent pain
Why You May Require TMJ or Teeth Grinding Treatment
TMJ is a term used to refer to your temporomandibular joints, which are your jaw joints. If pressure is being put on these joints, it can lead to temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD. This condition is not your fault – it could be caused by arthritis or brought on due to a past injury.
TMD must be dealt with as soon as possible, particularly to prevent daily headaches as well as bruxism while you’re asleep. Bruxism is a culprit that must be caught, as teeth grinding leads to expensive dental treatments to repair the damage it can cause.
Call 334-600-1423 to make your appointment at our relaxed Montgomery, AL dentist office today. We can also be reached through our online form, where you can easily schedule your visit or ask our staff any questions regarding your treatment. We’re here to quickly provide your pain relief and prevent it from disrupting your life in the future!