Ignoring TMJ dysfunction means spending each day experiencing frustrating discomfort, and potential difficulties with biting and chewing. If your problems include a habit of grinding your teeth at night, ignor ing the problem can also lead to serious dental damage. Your TMJs are the joints that operate your jaw. Problems can stem from several potential causes, with symptoms that include general discomfort in your face, neck, and head, as well as a tendency to grind your teeth. Your dentist can work with you to relieve discomfort, and help you regain a comfortable biting and chewing function.
Working With Your Dentist To Put A Stop To Ongoing Pain Caused By TMJ Problems
Your dentist can work with you to address poor alignment in your jaw joints, and help alleviate problems associated with TMJ dysfunction. For many patients experiencing this problem, a special oral appliance can be beneficial. Wearing the appliance while you sleep will shift your jaw, making sure the joints are in a better position. A similar treatment – the use of a custom mouth guard – can also be of value when you need to address bruxism, or nighttime teeth grinding.
Recovering Your Smile After Dealing With TMJ Dysfunction And Teeth Grinding
Patients who respond quickly to symptoms of TMJ dysfunction and bruxism can put a stop to problems before they grow too serious. However, others – particularly those who have had a sustained teeth grinding problem – can require cosmetic or restorative work to hide damages. Cosmetic dental work can help you cover up superficial issues that result from excess wear and tear. If you have suffered dental damage serious enough to affect the condition of teeth, restorative dental treatment can be called for.
Talk To Dr. Cain About Addressing Ongoing TMJ Problems
If you are dealing with possible symptoms of TMJ dysfunction, set a time to discuss your issues with Dr. Cain. With the right treatment, your discomfort can be successfully addressed, and you can regain a comfortable jaw function. Our office is proud to offer care for patients from Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding areas. To schedule your appointment, please call Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, today at 219-938-2637. You can also email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.