TMJ/Bruxism – Ken Caryl, CO
Treat Your Jaw Dysfunction
You rely on your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) to properly move your jaw in order to speak and chew, but if it becomes strained or damaged in some way, you could experience constant pain; in extreme cases, you might not even be able to open your jaw at all anymore. If you’re suffering from TMJ dysfunction or bruxism (unconscious grinding and clenching of the teeth), Dr. Kutis can help you relieve the problem and protect your mouth with an oral appliance. Contact Blue Sage Dental today to learn more about the benefits of a TMJ treatment in Ken Caryl.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder/Bruxism
Typically, if there’s a problem with your TMJ, you could notice any of the following symptoms:
- General pain and tenderness in the jaw or around the TMJ
- A ringing sound or an aching pain in your ear
- Difficulty while chewing foods that have previously given you no trouble
- Aching facial pain
- A locked jaw, meaning you have a difficult time opening and closing your mouth
- Clicking sound or grating sensation when you chew (which may not be a problem unless it’s accompanied by limited movement or discomfort)
If you grind your teeth together, you could also notice many of the above symptoms (especially since bruxism is often tied to a TMJ disorder). You could also find that your teeth have become flattened, fractured, chipped, loose, or excessively worn down. If you sleep with a partner, they could be woken up by the sound of your grinding.
Causes of TMJ Disorder/Bruxism
Typically, a TMJ disorder develops when your jaw joint suffers from strain or some kind of injury. Various kinds of arthritis, severe trauma to the jaw, and certain connective tissue diseases can all eventually lead to a TMJ disorder.
Bruxism is also a common risk factor for jaw problems. While more research is needed to fully understand the reason behind teeth grinding in Ken Caryl, you will be more likely to develop bruxism if you regularly feel anxious or stressed. It can also be a side effect of taking antidepressants or smoking tobacco.
Because there can be multiple factors, sometimes the ultimate cause of a TMJ disorder or bruxism is never completely clear. Fortunately, with a thorough examination, Dr. Kutis can narrow down the nature of your specific condition and create a treatment plan just for you.
Oral Appliance Therapy
An oral appliance works by repositioning the jaw so that it stays in an ideal resting position. Doing so will relieve a lot of the pressure that could be putting unnecessary strain on the TMJ. Sometimes the appliance is worn 24 hours a day, but in other cases you’ll only need it while you’re asleep.
This treatment is particularly useful for patients with bruxism. Since the appliance prevents the teeth from making contact with each other, they can protect your smile from grinding-related damages.
Each appliance is designed using an impression of your teeth in order to ensure the best fit. Once you’ve received it, we can provide you with specific instructions regarding how often to wear it as well as the best way to clean it.