Bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding, can be a common way of dealing with everyday stress. While most bruxism occurs during sleep, some patients can clench and grind their teeth during the day. During periods of bruxism, muscles are overworked and can cause pain. It is important to manage bruxism early because of the potential for permanent damage.
Many patients may only experience minor damage as a result of bruxism because they grind their teeth infrequently.
More severe grinding can lead to jaw muscle pain, headaches, tooth sensitivity, premature tooth wear, loose teeth, and temporomandibular joint disorders. Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) occur when there is stress or damage to the joints that connect the skull and the jaw bone.
We provide TMJ treatment in San Antonio, TX, to restore the smile and make daily life more comfortable for our patients. In addition to TMJ treatment, we provide restorative dentistry services to new and existing patients in our San Antonio, TX, dental office.
TMJ Treatment in San Antonio, TX
TMD can affect the jaw muscles, temple, ears, head, and neck. Specific muscles move the jaw when chewing. When bruxism occurs, these muscles become strained. This strain can produce muscle knots, inflammation, and pain. The goal of TMJ treatment is to reduce symptoms and alleviate negative behaviors. Poor sleep habits, high caffeine intake, poor stress management, and an incorrect bite can worsen symptoms.
Muscle pain therapy may involve massage, hot and cold compresses, and stretching exercises. It can also include muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories, and steroids. A nightguard is worn during sleep to relieve stress from the jaw and trains your muscles to stay relaxed during the day. Nightguards can also prevent tooth wear as a result of teeth clenching and grinding.
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Do you think you may have bruxism? Address jaw pain and dysfunction today. Call Smile Land Family Dental at 210-939-9689. You may also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Abazid on our website.