Do you suffer from reoccurring jaw pain? You may have an underlying issue with your temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull on either side of your face. When the hinge-like joints function incorrectly, it is referred to as a TMJ disorder. Sometimes, it can cause grinding or clenching of your teeth, called bruxism. At Green Mountain Dental, we can help you get the relief you need with TMJ therapy in South Burlington.
A TMJ disorder occurs when you have limited mobility of the joint and reoccurring jaw pain. It can cause a variety of symptoms, such as:
The disorder can result from several issues, such as a poorly aligned bite, past injury to the joint, arthritis, or bruxism. Grinding and clenching your teeth causes strain on your joint, increasing the symptoms you experience. A TMJ disorder can also cause your bruxism symptoms to worsen as you try to alleviate stress on the joint.
Bruxism is a condition that occurs when you unconsciously grind or clench your teeth. Often, it happens when a person is asleep, so they are not aware they are doing it; however, you may experience several signs, such as:
Since the two disorders often overlap, your dentist in South Burlington can treat both conditions using one solution.
If you have symptoms of either or both conditions, it is time to see your dentist for treatment. Besides a visual examination, we discuss your symptoms to create a personalized approach for lasting improvement.
Now, the preferred treatment for TMJ disorders and bruxism involves the use of a custom-fit oral appliance. It is similar in appearance to an athletic mouthguard; however, it effectively treats both conditions.
It can relieve your jaw pain by moving it into a more comfortable resting position. We use advanced technology to find your ideal bite to reduce stress on the joints. Your jaw is retrained to rest in this position naturally to give you long-term relief.
While treating your jaw pain, it also stops the damages of grinding your teeth. It acts as a protective barrier between your top and bottom teeth to reduce the strain caused the clenching. This helps to stop your pain and prevents your teeth from enamel loss, chips, fractures, and other issues associated with bruxism.
You do not need to live with the challenges of bruxism or TMJ. We provide the personalized solutions you need to effectively treat both conditions. Contact Green Mountain Dental today to schedule your consultation for treatment. We look forward to restoring your quality of life.