Teeth Grinding & TMJ Treatments in Birmingham Prevent Pain & Protect Your Smile

Pain or soreness in your jaw and face make for a rude awakening in the morning. If you’re constantly dealing with these symptoms, it’s possible that you have TMJ disorder or suffer from bruxism, also known as teeth grinding. Get teeth grinding and TMJ treatments in Birmingham so you can feel better.

At Newingham Dental Center, your dentist will find a solution to:

  • Relieve your pain
  • Prevent damage to your teeth and jaw
  • Save you money that you might otherwise spend on pain medication or restorative services for damaged teeth
  • Help you more easily chew your food

We always look at surgery as a last resort. We’ve found that we can often use less invasive options for TMJ treatment, such as oral appliances, to eliminate jaw pain and soreness.

Call 248-972-8720 today to schedule a free TMJ treatment consultation.

We Provide Custom Solutions to Relieve Your TMJ Pain

Your dentist will first examine your mouth and jaw as well as take digital X-rays to identify the problem and its cause. If he finds your pain is related to your TMJ, he can provide relief by:

  • Adjusting a failing dental crown or tooth filling that is altering your bite, if needed.
  • Fitting you with a custom oral appliance to extend your jaw and correct your bite while you sleep. This will fix misalignment issues, as well as prevent you from grinding your teeth at night.
  • Referring you to a trusted physical therapist in the area for beneficial therapy.
  • Providing daytime mouthguards, if necessary, to prevent teeth grinding while you’re awake.

Determine the Cause of TMJ Disorder to Get the Proper Treatment

TMJ disorder is caused when there is misalignment, injury, or other issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This is the joint below your ears that connects your jaw to your skull. If you have a TMJ disorder, you may hear a clicking or popping sound when you move your jaw. Some of the causes may include:

  • Teeth grinding and clenching
  • Stress
  • Arthritis
  • Jaw injury/trauma to the jaw
  • Misaligned bite
  • Failing restorations

Call 248-972-8720 today to schedule a consultation for teeth grinding and TMJ treatments in Birmingham. You can also request an appointment online. We’re ready to put an end to your TMJ pain!

Common Questions About Teeth Grinding and TMJ Treatments

Does TMJ treatment work?

TMJ problems typically won’t go away without treatment. TMJ pain is usually caused when the joints in your jaw become inflamed. This commonly occurs because of two habits that put your jaw under pressure: clenching and teeth grinding. We can make a custom mouthguard for you that will stop these behaviors. Then your jaw can heal.

How long does TMJ treatment take?

There is no standard length for TMJ treatment. It depends on many factors, including the severity of your symptoms. Since a mouthguard not only relieves TMJ pain but also prevents damage to teeth caused by grinding, many patients make it a permanent addition to their bedtime routine.

How can you help with teeth grinding?

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can damage your teeth to the point that they require repair to restore their function and beauty. Many people grind their teeth in their sleep without knowing it. If you fall into this category, we can have a custom mouthguard made for you that you wear while sleeping. It will keep your teeth apart and help prevent damage to your teeth enamel.