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Nightguards & TMJ Relief

Bruxism refers to an oral parafunctional activity that occurs in most humans at some point in their lives. Grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw are the two main characteristics of this condition, which can occur during the day or at night.

Here are some of the main reasons why bruxism should be promptly treated:

  • Gum recession and tooth loss – Bruxism is one of the leading causes of gum recession and tooth loss. It damages the soft tissue directly and leads to loose teeth and deep pockets, where bacteria can colonize and destroy the supporting bone. 
  • Occlusal trauma – The abnormal wear patterns on the occlusal (chewing) surfaces can lead to fractures in the teeth, which may require restorative treatment.
  • Arthritis – In severe and chronic cases, bruxing can eventually lead to painful arthritis in the temporomandibular (TMJ) joints (the joints that allow the jaw to open smoothly).
  • Myofascial pain – The grinding associated with bruxism can eventually shorten and blunt the teeth.  This can lead to debilitating headaches and muscle pain in the myofascial region.

The quickest and easiest way to solve this problem is by applying a nightguard. A nightguard is essentially a specialized mouthguard that you wear during sleep. It prevents teeth grinding and will maintain the integrity of your teeth indefinitely. Not sure if a nightguard is right for you? Inquire with our office about alternative solutions.

TMJ, known as “jaw clicking” or “jaw lock” can be a painful disorder that interrupts everything from chewing to speaking. It’s chiefly characterized by a clicking sound and/or pain around the ear and jaw joints. Contact our office today to inquire about treatments if you suspect you suffer from TMJ!

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