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Treatment for TMJ and Bruxism at Red Hill Dental

Woman grimacing with jaw painDo you tend to clench your teeth tightly together, creating tension or soreness in your jaws? Chronic grinding and gritting your teeth is a condition known as bruxism. It’s often due to stress and may happen while you’re asleep and unable to do anything about it.

Approximately one in six people suffer from bruxism with a majority of them being women.

Left unaddressed, this consistent tension and grinding of the teeth can lead to cumulative damage like

  • TMJ disorder
  • Jaw pain
  • Migraine headaches
  • Flat, chipped or worn teeth
  • Broken dental work
  • Muscle tension throughout the face, neck and shoulders
  • Limited range of motion in the TMJ
  • Difficulty eating
  • Tinnitus (ringing ears)

Treating TMJ and Jaw Pain

Much of the muscle contraction due to bruxism is attributed to stress and habits. Since neither of these is easy to rid yourself of, talking to our dentists is a great place to start. We may recommend a treatment or combination of therapies such as

Bite splints and deprogrammers — Adjust the way your jaw is positioned when in a resting state, preventing it from fully engaging and tensing the muscles.

Neuromuscular treatments — These therapies include adjusting the way your teeth fit together for optimal comfort and performance.

Muscle relaxants — These medications are prescribed to decrease tension in the tissues throughout your face and surrounding your TMJ.

Physical therapy or massage — As with other parts of your body that may be overworked or function atypically, these nonsurgical resources can be beneficial.

Sleep apnoea treatment — Bruxism and worn teeth may be a red flag that you’re currently suffering from a sleeping disorder.

Do You Have TMJ Disorder?

Schedule a consultation today to find out if you’re suffering from a condition that could be causing deterioration to your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Through early intervention, it’s often possible to avoid more invasive surgical treatment. Contact our Paddington dental office now for an appointment.

Treatment for TMJ and Bruxism Paddington, Petrie Terrace, Red Hill, Kelvin Grove QLD | (07) 3368 3555