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Dentistry At Somerset

TMJ Treatment / Teeth Grinding

Ames, IA Headache and Migraine Solutions

Are you experiencing pain in your jaw or neck? Do you suffer from headaches and don’t know why? You may be experiencing temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is your jaw joint, and it is responsible for helping you chew, talk, laugh, and otherwise move your mouth. Strain or stress on this joint can result in pain, discomfort, and other problems. Fortunately, our office has a solution for you. We offer migraine and headaches solutions as well as other services in order to minimize your TMJ-related discomfort.

What causes TMD and what are the symptoms?

What causes teeth grinding? While many situations can result in TMJ pain or discomfort, there are some more common causes often associated with TMJ-related problems. TMD can be caused by injury, teeth grinding or clenching your teeth (bruxism), arthritis, and other stress to the joint. Stress to the temporomandibular joint can result in pain in your face, jaw, neck, shoulders, or ears. It may also result in the inability to open your mouth wide, or in lockjaw. Commonly, TMJ problems result in clicking or popping of the joint when you chew or open and close your mouth. Some other common symptoms include toothaches, headaches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, and ringing in the ears.

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is defined as the grinding or clenching of one’s teeth. This typically happens subconsciously while   you are asleep, but it can happen at any time, such as when you are working or watching TV. Bruxism can cause stress on your TMJ, resulting in TMJ-related discomfort, and can also damage your teeth. Bruxism is commonly associated with TMD and can be treated using similar techniques.

How can my TMD be treated?

We can offer relief from TMJ-related discomfort and bruxism. One type of treatment our dentists employ is a nightguard for teeth grinding. These nightguards temporarily reposition your jaw, allowing it to relax and reduce discomfort. Our nightguards can also help stop bruxisms and protect your teeth from the result of clenching or grinding. Nightguards are a great solution for many people.

We also offer occlusal (bite) adjustments to help minimize TMJ-related discomfort. We can expertly use these techniques to aid your jaw in relaxation. Less stress on your TMJ will mean less pain or discomfort for you. Let us help you feel better.

How do I know for sure if I need treatment?

If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms listed above, it is likely that you are dealing with a TMJ-related issue. To know for sure how severe your problem is, it is best to make an appointment with one of our doctors for a thorough examination. During this visit, we will take X-rays and perform other tests to determine what TMJ disorder treatment is right for you.

To make an appointment call our office at 515-268-0516. We will be happy to help you set up a date and time that is right for you. Let us help you minimize your TMJ-related pain.

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