Problems with TMJ disorder and bruxism can have a serious negative impact on your quality of life. Problems with your joint alignment and movement that develop over time can turn into TMJ troubles that result in pain and sensitivity issues, limited jaw movement, and more frequent headaches. Bruxism refers to unconscious teeth grinding and when that grinding occurs at night while you sleep, it can cause serious harm to your smile and put harmful pressure on your joints and muscles. Tailored treatment can help you prevent further issues with your oral health and improve your quality of life!
Evidence of persistent nightly teeth grinding include the following:
- Waking up with soreness in your face, jaw, and/or teeth
- Worsening wear and tear on your enamel that affects your smile
- Uncomfortable or limited jaw movements
- Clenching or grinding sounds that you make while sleeping
Act quickly to set up your dental appointment if you think bruxism is impacting your quality of life. The sooner you take action, the less likely you are to need cosmetic dental work or restorative dentistry to address problems with worn and damaged teeth! We can provide a custom solution that protects your smile while you rest, and we can address any issues with TMJ disorder or dental damage that stem from this problem.
TMJ disorder refers to any disordered alignment of the jaw, an issue that can change your bite movement, trigger headaches, and increase your risk for chronic teeth grinding. In addition to evaluating you to confirm the problem needs to be treated, Dr. Leibowitz can provide a custom splint that helps you return to proper alignment.
Both TMJ disorder and bruxism are capable of hurting your smile and quality of life. We have experience treating these issues for patients, including patients who present symptoms of both. For more information on how we can help, call our Astoria, NY dental office at 718-728-8320.