There are many potential threats to your smile, and for patients who experience bite issues such as bruxism and TMJ disorder, those threats are not always immediately apparent. Bruxism, or chronic teeth-grinding, may not seem problematic, but the consistent pressure can lead to extensive damage to your healthy tooth structure. TMJ disorder, which describes damage to your jaw joints, can lead to a variety of chronic symptoms such as jaw pain, headaches, and more. If you experience issues resulting from bruxism and/or TMJ disorder, then your dentist can help you address the problem to restore your bite and prevent further complications.
The Benefits of Bruxism/TMJ Treatment
Patients who experience bruxism often grind their teeth at night, and are therefore unaware of the problem until it results in noticeable tooth wear and damage. Such damage can throw your bite off balance, leading to increasingly more severe issues such as bite misalignment. TMJ disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is often caused by bruxism (as well as a host of other bite alignment issues), and can make opening and closing your jaw difficult and painful. However, because the symptoms of TMJ disorder vary and are shared by many other conditions, patients are not always aware that they have the disorder. By treating bruxism and TMJ disorder, your dentist can help improve the function of your bite as well as alleviate the discomfort related to the conditions, improving your overall quality of life, as well.
Ask Your Dentist About Bruxism/TMJ Treatment
If you experience chronic teeth grinding, jaw pain, headaches, or other symptoms of bruxism and TMJ disorder, then speak with your dentist about finding relief. To schedule a consultation, call Lynne Barbour Dental in Kahoka, MO, today at 660-727-4746 (GRIN).