About Bruxism & TMJ Treatment
Chronic pains in the face and jaw affect millions of Americans every year. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is a joint-related condition that affects your jaw muscles, primarily when it twists during any type of movement. The misalignment of your joints and facial muscles results in the experience of painful symptoms that will hinder your everyday functioning.
Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ are:
- Popping/clicking sounds when moving the jaw
- Generalized pain and soreness in the teeth and jaws
- Tooth sensitivity
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficult biting or moving the jaw
Bruxism is a commonly-experienced condition that exhibits similar symptoms as TMJ. Over an estimated 85 percent of people deal with Bruxism at some point in their lives. The condition involves clenching or grinding your teeth either during sleep or while awake. Bruxism and TMJ often occur together and can be a cause of discomfort and pain for many.
Treating Bruxism & TMJ Treatment
Dental examinations and tests are used by the experts at Copperhill Smiles to determine the cause and extent of your condition. By evaluating various factors of your general dental health and daily routine, we’re able to resolve your concerns in the most effective way possible.
Our customized treatment plans for TMJ and Bruxism are geared toward relieving painful symptoms and helping you manage the discomfort you’re experiencing.
We work closely with you to suggest the approaches that will benefit you, including dental correction—by reshaping and repairing your damaged teeth—and splints and mouth guards. Our mouth guards are custom-fitted and designed after we take an imprint of your bite.
Since Bruxism may be a symptom of TMJ but it may also be caused by it, our dentists recommend you receive treatment for both of them simultaneously. We’ll help you achieve this with holistic treatments that involve dental fixes and lifestyle changes such as:
- Teaching you techniques to relax your jaw
- Avoiding alcohol and caffeine
- Holding back on chewing random items (such as fingernails or pen caps)
Schedule an appointment with our dental experts in Santa Clarita to relieve the painful symptoms of Bruxism and TMJ.