TMJ & Bruxism in Red Deer County AB
The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jawbone (mandible) to your skull. This joint is supported by muscles and ligaments. Since you use your TMJ and supporting tissues for talking and chewing multiple times a day, there is a chance you could develop a TMD (temporomandibular disorder).
Symptoms of temporomandibular disorders can be aggravating and painful. They can include muscle pain in and around the ears, temples, and cheeks, joint pain, grinding or popping sounds when opening and closing your mouth or chewing, and headaches. If you feel like you might have a TMD related to any of these symptoms, please ask Dr. Whitehead, your Red Deer general dentist, or any of our staff members about temporomandibular joint disorder at your next dental exam and cleaning or call (403) 343-8622 or click to schedule an appointment.
Sometimes TMD’s go away on their own and other times treatment is necessary to provide relief. Home remedies such as hot compresses or ice packs as well as a gentle massage can help alleviate soreness in the muscles and headaches caused by TMD. Soft foods and relaxation can also be helpful.
If you are having little or no success with home remedies, we would be happy to discuss dental treatment options such as splints or nightguards with you to help manage TMD symptoms.
Bruxism, commonly referred to as clenching or grinding your teeth, can occur during the day or at night; the most common type of bruxism during the day when you are awake is clenching, while the most common form of bruxism at night is grinding your teeth. Sometimes you might not even realize you are clenching or grinding your teeth until you see or feel the results or your sleeping partner lets you know your grinding noises are keeping them awake at night!
Bruxism can often be associated with temporomandibular joint disorders. Clenching or grinding the teeth puts stress on the TMJ as well as the associated muscles and ligaments and can lead to the symptoms associated with a TMD. Bruxism can also result in chipped, cracked, or loose teeth, worn enamel leading to sensitivity, and flattened biting surfaces of the teeth. If you notice any of these issues, you may be clenching or grinding your teeth (bruxing).
Here at Gasoline Alley Dental in Red Deer we can provide options to take care of your temporomandibular joint disorder and bruxism needs. Feel free to ask Dr. Whitehead or any of our staff members for more information on treatment options available, such as night guards or splints. The quicker we can treat and manage the symptoms of bruxism and TMD, the better it is for the long-term health of your teeth and temporomandibular joint.
Call (403) 343-8622 or send an email to book an appointment to discuss your TMD and bruxism needs.