Teeth-Grinding and Jaw Dysfunctions
Even if your smile is completely free of tooth decay and gum disease, there are still some issues that can affect its overall health. For instance, if you constantly grind your teeth (bruxism) or suffer from dysfunctional jaw joints (TMJ disorder), then your teeth may be at risk of extensive damage and your bite can have trouble functioning properly. In many cases, bruxism and TMJ disorder can be treated comfortably with a custom-designed oral appliance, which can protect your teeth from harm and/or allow your jaw to rest more comfortably. It can also alleviate the many possible symptoms of bruxism and TMJ disorder, including chronic headaches, migraines, jaw and facial pain, and much more.
Treating Bruxism and TMJ Disorder
The first step to treating bruxism and/or TMJ disorder is to diagnose the cause of your condition. A thorough examination, complete with digital imaging technology for a detailed view of your oral structures, will allow your dentist to determine the cause of your bite problems. For instance, your teeth may be crooked, which can cause your jaw to shift uncomfortably as it tries to accommodate the imbalance. Once your condition has been diagnosed, your dentist can recommend the most appropriate treatment, such as orthodontic braces or clear aligners to correct your malocclusion. Many patients can alleviate their condition with a simple, custom-designed oral appliance, which they can wear at night to stop their teeth from grinding together and allow their jaw joints to rest more comfortably.
Treat Bruxism/TMJ Disorder with a Custom Appliance
Bruxism and TMJ disorder are common bite dysfunctions that can often be corrected with a custom-designed oral appliance. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Contemporary Dental in Bellaire, TX, today at 713-668-9119. We proudly welcome patients who live in Bellaire, Houston, West University/Southside Place, Southwest Houston, the Galleria area, and all surrounding communities.