Why You Should Consider TMJ Appliance Therapy to Save Your Teeth from the Damage of Bruxism and Chronic Grinding
Are you constantly waking up each morning with an already terrible headache paired with a sore jaw? Have your teeth begun to wear down and flatten? If this describes your current dental situation, you may be clenching and/or grinding your teeth. A condition called bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, may be to blame for these problems. If you are constantly grinding your teeth, you are likely causing damage to your teeth and jaw. A TMJ (temporomandibular joint) appliance, as offered by Dr. Scott Siemen and his team at Paxton Dental Care may be the answer. A TMJ Appliance can help protect your teeth from clenching and grinding.
The technical term for teeth grinding is bruxism. You often suffer from bruxism unconsciously, so you are likely not even aware that you are suffering from this chronic condition. Either way, bruxism is a potentially dangerous condition to have. The good news is that your local dentist has the training and tools necessary to recognize the signs of bruxism and can detect these during a regularly scheduled dental examination. When left untreated, bruxism can lead to several damaging problems, including:
- Painful headaches
- Tooth pain
- Sore jaw
- TMJ Disorders
- Damage to your teeth (chips, fractures, etc.)
- Neck pain
Consider a TMJ Appliance!
The jaw hinge (TMJ) operates with the teeth and muscles to create a harmonious system. When any piece to this system is out of balance, tooth wear, jaw clicking, and/or pain can result. TMJ Appliance therapy works to return the system to proper alignment and harmony.
A TMJ Appliance balances the forces on the teeth, reducing muscle strain, and aligning the jaws.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Since many who suffer do not even realize they are doing it, teeth grinding can be a difficult habit to eliminate. A TMJ Appliance is a helpful solution to reduce tooth wear, eliminate neck and headaches, and create a long term balanced bite. If you are residing in Worcester, Massachusetts, and seeking TMJ treatment, contact Dr. Scott Siemen at Paxton Dental Care. Please call (508) 557-2400 today to schedule an appointment!