You wake up with headaches more often than you would like. Your jaw hurts. Your face feels sore, and your neck and upper back hurt sometimes, too. Eating can be painful as well. It sounds like you could benefit from TMJ treatment, especially if your problem is caused by nighttime teeth grinding.TMJ Treatment at Kirchner Dental Read Transcript
Some people suffer from facial pain. The pain sometimes originates in the TMJ or the jaw joint. It can also originate in the muscles of the face. What we do is we provide an appliance that relieves that pain. It also corrects the bite. As it does that, it relieves the pressure that's causing the pain. If it's muscle pain that is relieved. If it's pain in the jaw joint that's relieved as well, the jaw is in a more harmonious relationship. Also, with these folks, what we do is we work very closely with a physical therapist. What she does is she gives the person exercises to do. The combination of those two therapies gives a great result. Most people do very well and have pretty much total relief of their pain.
You don’t need to suffer. With our help you can:
- End the morning headaches
- Eat without feeling sore
- Reduce the wear and tear on your teeth
Our team at Kirchner Dental can provide relief. Call 812-913-6093 to make an appointment at our Jeffersonville, IN dentist office.
Stop Grinding Away Your Smile
TMJ problems affect more than 10 million Americans. The good news is that it is treatable. One option is a custom-designed nightguard, which can prevent grinding and keep your jaw in a more relaxed position. For some patients, orthodontic care such as Invisalign® may help as well.
Teeth grinding puts a strain on your mouth, to put it mildly. It wears down your enamel, which can increase your risk of cavities and infected teeth. It puts pressure on your gums and increases your risk of periodontal disease. Many people also complain of facial soreness and tenderness around their jaws.
Unfortunately, many of them are not aware that they are clenching or grinding their teeth because they are doing it in their sleep. Teeth grinding can be the result of stress, anxiety, or an alignment issue with your teeth. It can be a symptom of untreated sleep apnea as well.
Regardless of the reason, grinding is a common cause of TMJ disorders. This behavior puts pressure on your teeth, your temporomandibular joints (or TMJ), and the muscles around those joints. Arthritis, infections, and injuries can add to your risk of a TMJ disorder as well. A custom appliance can provide the relief you’ve been looking for.
Know When to Get Help For TMJ Symptoms
Most people have jaw pain from time to time. So, how can you know if you could have a TMJ disorder? Look for these symptoms:
- Frequent headaches or earaches
- Jaw pain, especially in the morning or after eating
- Stiffness in your jaw
- Frequent pain in your neck, upper back, or shoulders
- Clicking or popping when you open or close your mouth
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, please plan to visit Kirchner Dental in Jeffersonville, IN to learn about our teeth grinding and TMJ treatment. Contact us online or call 812-913-6093 today to request an appointment with our doctor!