We all want simple solutions.
We want to know if we take this pill, that our pain will go away. We want to know that if we do this exercise that our muscles will work well again.
It would be nice if life were always that simple. Unfortunately, our problems are often more complicated than that.
Which leads us to the problems of teeth grinding and TMJ disorders. Our dentists in San Antonio do have long-term treatments that can play a big role in preventing teeth grinding, its related TMJ problems, and the various issues that can develop.
We will tell you more about our TMJ NextGen in a moment. Keep in mind that it can play an important part in addressing your TMJ problems at the source.
TMJ And Teeth Grinding Symptoms
TMJ disorders, or TMDs, may have a single cause, or they can be the result of a combination of factors, such as:
▸ Accidents or trauma to the face, head, or neck
▸ Infection or Illnesses
▸ Teeth grinding
Any one or a combination of these can cause TMJ disorders.
Teeth grinding can be a particularly troublesome issue because you may be doing this without any awareness that it is happening. Some people subconsciously clench or grind their teeth in response to stress, and millions of people grind their teeth unconsciously. That is to say, while they sleep.
When you visit our practice, our dental professionals know the signs of teeth that have been ground down. This is a dental problem in and of itself, but leaving it untreated can affect more than just your teeth.
Teeth grinding and TMJ disorders also can lead to one or more of these symptoms:
▪︎ Headaches, including migraines
▪︎ Jaw pain
▪︎ Jaw stiffness
▪︎ Facial and neck pain
▪︎ Difficulty biting or chewing
If you are noticing these problems frequently in the morning, that could be a sign or nightly teeth grinding.
Regardless of when you have these problems, if you are having one or more of them regularly, you should seek help. You can get it by calling Advanced Dental Associates at 210-819-5233.
Oral Appliances And TMJ Treatment
Oral appliances have helped many people prevent teeth grinding. This also can help alleviate the headaches, jaw pain, and other problems that are associated with TMJ disorders.
These mouthguards are made specifically for each patient. This makes them more comfortable to wear and more effective.
The most obvious benefit is that they prevent your top and bottom rows of teeth from touching one another. As a result, you are not able to grind them together.
These mouthguards can have another benefit as well. They provide a kind of retraining for your jaw and muscles. With time, your jaw will rest in a more relaxed position.
For many patients, this can be an effective treatment.
But we did name our practice Advanced Dental Associates for a reason. This leads us back to something we mentioned in the introduction.
TMJ NextGen Treatment
The TMJ NextGen is a newer way of addressing TMJ problems at the source.
As we mentioned above, frequent headaches and earaches can be symptoms of a TMJ disorder.
To understand why, all you have to do is find your TMJ. You can do this by placing your finger just below your ears on either side of your face. Now, open and close your mouth. You should be able to feel you temporomandibular joints (TMJs) moving.
The closeness of your TMJs and your ears is important to how TMJ NextGen works. In this treatment, you place a small cylindrical device in your ear canals.
These devices apply a small bit of pressure (most people don’t notice it) in a way that improves the alignment of your jaw and reduces the pain and discomfort of TMJ problems.
The devices do not interfere with your ability to hear. They can be worn comfortably throughout the day and night, too.
Experience The Next Generation Of TMJ Care
Don’t let another day go by without doing something about your teeth grinding, TMJ disorder, or the problems that come with them.
Call our dentists in San Antonio at 210-819-5233 or contact us online. The earlier you contact us, the sooner we can help you get relief.