How often do you find yourself feeling the effects of a painful headache? Is dental discomfort a regular problem for you in the mornings? Living with TMD and bruxism can hurt your quality of life, and lead to serious problems for your smile. These conditions are often related. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can put continued pressure on your jaw joints, and create lasting problems, while unresolved jaw tension can cause you to start clenching your jaw involuntarily. At our Allen, TX dental practice, we are familiar with these problems, and we can work with you to put a stop to them!
Untreated Jaw Troubles Can Cause Ongoing Discomfort
TMD is the abbreviation for “temporomandibular joint disorder,” which refers to any active problem with a person’s jaw joints or muscles. What can cause the kind of problems that leave you with consistent headaches, facial pain, and limited jaw movement? Some people will develop problems because they develop arthritis in their jaw joints, while others find that they start experiencing pain over time because of a poor bite function. If you want relief, your dentist can recommend a solution based on your circumstances. You may benefit from restorative dental work to improve your bite, or an orthodontic adjustment. A special oral appliance can also be used to relax your jaw, and reduce stress.
You Should Take Bruxism’s Threat To Your Dental Health Seriously
If you frequently grind your teeth while you sleep, you do face a real risk of significant dental damage. People who go too long without treatment for bruxism can wind up damaging some teeth so significantly that they require dental crowns. We can make sure you are protected at night by providing a custom mouth guard to wear while you sleep. If your teeth grinding habit is connected to TMJ dysfunction, treating the problem (or problems) causing stress on your jaw joints can lead to improvement.
Stay Informed About Your Oral Health By Attending Regular Exams
Our goal is to help keep patients in good oral health, and to keep their teeth protected. At routine dental exams, we can reach this goal by doing more than just talking to you about cavities. During an evaluation, we can also speak to you about any signs of TMD and bruxism, like awkward jaw movement, or wear and tear on teeth. By recognizing a problem, and taking action, we can bring you out of pain, and protect you against a worsening condition!
Talk To Allen Family Dental About Bruxism And TMD
At Allen Family Dental, we are proud to offer quality treatment for people struggling with bruxism and TMD! If you have ongoing problems with headaches, dental pain, awkward jaw movements, or any other symptoms of these issues, please let us know. To set you appointment with Dr. Torrens-Parker or Dr. Lizardi, call Allen Family Dental in Allen, TX, today at (469) 342-6644.