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Bruxism and TMJ Diagnosis and Treatment

If you are constantly dealing with head and jaw pain, you might be dealing with the temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD). Your temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your upper and lower jaw. If something irritates this joint, it can lead to pain, arthritis, and damage to your teeth. Bruxism, or the condition of clenching or grinding your teeth, can be a major cause of this TMD, leaving you suffering and putting your oral health at risk. To protect your long-term wellness, visit your trusted Austin dentist if you experience any pain or discomfort from clenching or grinding your teeth.

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is characterized by the grinding or clenching of your teeth. Although it is a common sleep condition, grinding or clenching your teeth is not solely a sleep problem. Some people will grind and clench their teeth when they are anxious, cold, angry, or concentrating.

If you notice that you are grinding or clenching your teeth or are frequently suffering from head or jaw pain, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Nussbaum. Bruxism is a serious condition that you should treat.

Why treating bruxism is important

Not treating bruxism can lead to other problems that can impact your overall health and can lead to costly restorative procedures down the road. Catching and treating the problem will not only save you the literal headache, but it will also help preserve your natural teeth and improve your oral health and wellness. Resulting problems can include:

  • TMJ pain
  • Chipping, cracking, and fracturing of your teeth
  • Receding gums & tooth loss
  • Arthritis

Treatment for bruxism

At 360 Dental Care, we pride ourselves on offering you the latest innovations in treatment.

  • Mouthguards—mouthguards are an effective treatment for bruxism, particularly for people who clench and grind their teeth during the night. Mouthguards help stabilize your bite, protect your teeth, and prevent the temporomandibular joint from being irritated.
  • Kois Deprogrammer—this device is a removable device that covers your hard palate and allows your lower jaw to relax into an ideal position that will ideally relax your temporomandibular joint.
  • Botox®—Botox® is made out of the botulinum toxin, which stops the signals that are sent from your nerves from reaching your muscles, effectively paralyzing the muscles that the Botox® is injected into. This helps protect your joint and prevent you from grinding and clenching your teeth while leaving you enough functionality and mobility to chew and speak normally.

If you’re experiencing jaw or facial pain from bruxism or TMD, it’s time to do something about it. You don’t have to live a life encumbered by persistent pain. Call Dr. Nussbaum, your trusted Austin dentist, today at (512) 327-3631 or request an appointment online to start living your best life.