Do you grind your teeth in your sleep? If so, you may experience:
- An aching jaw
- Chronic headaches
In addition to these painful symptoms, chronic teeth grinding can damage your teeth. If you have these signs of teeth grinding, visit our dental team to know more about the appliance you may use for teeth grinding treatment.Dr. Brian Mooney on Teeth Grinding and TMJ Read Transcript
So treating a TMJ patients for bruxism or grinding, we've found a lot of correlation between the bruxism and sleep apnea. So, if that's ruled out, we have certain appliances where you just, if you're grinding your teeth, there's a full arch, half arch, whatever's more compliant with the patient that will wear it to really help them not grind at night, be a little less stressed out, not put the tightness on their muscles.
If in fact, you do have some sleep apnea also in that fact, there's an appliance that will help benefit your airway and also take care of the bruxism, also. For our sleep apnea patients, if ... mostly common if a husband or a wife says, ‘Ah, you snore a lot. Let's get to the bottom of this,’ they come in with the snore complaint, usually our first option is we work in combination with a sleep doctor, sleep test center, where it's an easy call. They send you a monitor. Few days of sleeping with this machine, put a strap around your chest, those results go back to the sleep doctors, sleep study.
They'll go over these results. If you're in the case where you're more moderate, mild, severe, is kind of the three targets that they give you, if you're in that mild/moderate, that's where we come in. Sleep appliance ... you go through a couple impressions, we move your bottom jaw forward, that lets the airflow go in, stops the snoring. Stops you from grinding your teeth also overall, takes care of that sleep apnea, the mild/moderate.
If you're severe, that's when you go into the CPAP, where pressure of the air is flowing into the machine. So sleep apnea is becoming more prevalent, or more diagnosed at least. It's very important that if you're stopping breathing during the night, that also contributes to heart disease, other situations that are really serious. We want to get that taken care of and add years to your life.
At Stonecreek Dental Care, our dental team can examine you for signs of bruxism – the medical term for teeth grinding or clenching. If you suffer from bruxism or chronic jaw pain, we can relieve your pain and save your teeth by providing you with a customized night guard or a number of other solutions.
Think you might have bruxism? Call Stonecreek Dental Care at 877-959-5405 for a free TMJ treatment consultation.
Signs of TMJ and Teeth Grinding
Your temporomandibular joint (or TMJ) is the name of the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. Several factors, including tooth grinding, injury, arthritis, and a bad bite, can cause a TMJ disorder (TMD). Symptoms of TMD include:
- Aching jaw
- Difficulty or pain while chewing
- Locking of your jaw joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
- A clicking sound and/or popping in the joint
- Pain near the ears and/or facial pain
Treating Your TMJ Disorder
Wearing a custom night guard our dental team can create for you relieves the pressure on your TMD and gives it a chance to heal. Headache sufferers also can get relief by wearing a night guard, since teeth grinding can cause chronic headaches.
For more severe cases of TMD, we may adjust your bite in a process called equilibration. Other options include using orthodontics to move your teeth or placing dental crowns.
We can also recommend some noninvasive home TMJ treatment, including:
- Taking medications to reduce inflammation
- Applying moist heat
- Massaging your muscles
- Eating soft foods