TMJ Treatment/Teeth Grinding

Head or facial pain can make a huge impact on your ability to concentrate properly. If you are experiencing jaw pain or headaches, you may have TMD, which is usually caused by teeth grinding. Fortunately, your friendly Norton Shores, MI dentist and team at Community Shores Dental can help! Learn more about this condition and how we can provide solutions for teeth grinding and TMJ treatment.

What is TMD?

TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ disorder), is characterized by dysfunction in your jaw joint. This dysfunction can be caused by a variety of things, including injury or stress on the joint. Because it can have so many causes, TMD can also manifest in a variety of ways. If you have suffered from any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from TMD:

  • Jaw pain
  • Neck pain
  • Earaches
  • Head pain
  • Facial pain
  • Lockjaw
  • Popping or clicking when you chew

If you have any of these symptoms, please contact our Norton Shores, MI dentist and team right away. You do not have to suffer through life with this type of discomfort. Community Shores Dental can help you find a solution.

TMJ treatment

In many cases, TMD can be treated using oral splints. These mouthpieces support the jaw and alleviate pain and discomfort. They allow the jaw and surrounding muscles to relax. If you are suffering from TMJ pain, a dental splint may be a good option for you. We will be happy to examine your situation and help you determine the best course of action for your smile.

Resolving issues with bruxism

Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth unknowingly. This can happen at night or at any time during the day. Teeth grinding or clenching habitually can lead to stress on the jaw joint and TMD symptoms as well as damage to your teeth!

Bruxism is typically a neurological issue (as opposed to TMD being physiologically caused) and is often managed rather than completely cured. We can help manage your bruxism symptoms by creating a mouthguard for you! This mouthguard is designed and crafted to fit your mouth. It will protect your teeth from damage as well as adjust the jaw’s position to prevent grinding or clenching. Talk to our team to determine whether a bruxism mouthguard is right for you!

Do you have frequent headaches or migraines?

If you are experiencing frequent headaches or even migraines, we can use a specialized diagnostic and treatment system called TruDenta. TruDenta is designed to locate the origin of your pain and then help us create a treatment solution for you. To learn more about how TruDenta can help you, visit our page on Migraine and Headache Solutions.

Schedule an appointment

If you want to know more about teeth grinding solutions and TMJ treatment, you may contact our Norton Shores, MI dentist. Give Community Shores Dental a call at (231) 865-6945 or send us a message via our online contact form. We’ll be happy to help you!

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