Solutions for Teeth Grinding and TMJ Disorder in Birmingham, MI
Do you suffer from pain or soreness in your jaw or face when you wake up in the morning? It’s possible that you have TMJ disorder or suffer from bruxism, also known as teeth grinding. Millions of Americans have dental issues because of these two problems, but many have no idea that they have either. At Newingham Dental Center, we can help you diagnose teeth grinding and provide TMJ Treatment and we can work with you to find a solution in our Birmingham, MI office so that you can reduce the pain, soreness, and damage to your teeth and jaw.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder is caused when there is misalignment or other issues with your temporomandibular joint, which is the joint below your ears that connects your jaw to your head. It is difficult to pinpoint the cause of TMJ disorder, but some of the causes may include:
When patients come to us with TMJ problems, as everyone has heard it, it’s really TMJ is describing a joint. You have 2 TMJ joints, so it’s TMJs. Any sort of dysfunction you have with that, we call that TMD, tempomandibular dysfunction, and there are many, many kinds.
Our job and what we’ve been trained to do is diagnose what you’re dealing with. Sometimes there’s, in combination with that, you have a grinding issue or a bruxing issue, you may have heard someone say. We have the ways and the means to diagnose and figure out precisely what you’re dealing with, and then get the appropriate treatment.
There are all sorts of treatment for these problems, anywhere from a mouthpiece to physical therapy. We work with great physical therapists in the area. Anything we can do to get you back on track to where you’re chewing and eating the things that you like to chew and eat, and you’re avoiding damaging teeth or some of the teeth that you’ve spent a lot of money and time getting fixed. We don’t want you to break those because you have a grinding habit or if your jaw’s not aligned properly. Sometimes that’s all it is, is getting people right back to square one.
Some people have joints that aren’t as stable as most, and we have to put the teeth in position to help stabilize that jaw joint, or make appliances that help stabilize that jaw joint.
Sometimes people have a problem with their teeth, and it’s causing the jaw problem, so we have all of the educational background and expertise to diagnose that and figure out exactly how to get you back on track.
● teeth grinding and clenching
● jaw injury / trauma to the jaw
● misaligned bite
● failing restorations
In addition to pain and soreness, TMJ disorder can contribute to teeth grinding, headaches, and migraines, and can even cause a popping or clicking sound as you open and close your mouth. In some situations, you may not feel any pain, but the misalignment can lead to other long-term problems, so it’s important that you get the problem diagnosed and treated.
We Find Solutions for Your TMJ and Teeth Grinding
If you suffer from either TMJ disorder or teeth grinding, we will help you find that TMJ treatment and solution in Birmingham, MI office that solves the problem and reduces your symptoms. We will first examine your mouth and jaw as well as take X-rays to see if we can identify the problem and its cause. In some situations, a crown or filling is altering your bite, and we can solve the problem with a simple dental procedure.
You get to know the nurses, the hygienists and what not. It’s just a fun time. It’s just a fun time. You feel like part of the family. I had a slight little overbite in back. I was grinding my teeth. We set me up with a little retainer and everything, sleep in, help with that so I don’t keep grinding the teeth. [inaudible 00:00:21] I didn’t really know I was doing it until he showed me the pictures. I’m like, “Oh, I guess I am. Okay.” You do find yourself sleeping better. He does his checkups and he finds little things to improve the smile. They certainly tell you about your flossing and a little spray floss. It makes it a good thing. You can come in here and get the whitening done. You go out and people are just amazed. It’s like, “Wow, your teeth are so bright. Where do you go? Where do you go?” I tell them where I go and everything and I say, “How do you like the place?” Say, “I love the place. Been going there for so long it’s just second nature. I don’t plan on going anywhere else.”
Newingham Dental Center can also provide oral appliances as a teeth grinding and TMJ treatment. We can create an oral appliance that will perfectly fit your teeth and mouth. This appliance will extend your jaw and correct your bite while sleeping in order to fix misalignment issues as well as prevent you from grinding your teeth at night.
If necessary, we can also provide daytime mouthguards to prevent you from teeth grinding while you’re awake. Dr. Newingham always looks at surgery as a last resort, and we’ve found that we can often use less invasive options a TMJ treatment and eliminate your pain and soreness.