If you regularly awaken with jaw pain, headaches, or sensitive teeth, you may be clenching and grinding your teeth, also called bruxism. When patients experience bruxism for a lengthy time, jaw dysfunction may develop.
Jaw pain and dysfunction, called TMJ, or more accurately, TMD – temporomandibular joint dysfunction – can have a severe impact on your quality of life. Living with pain can deplete your energy, disrupt sleep, and limit the foods you can comfortably eat.
A recent article outlines some ways to combat TMJ pain at home, which may help relieve the symptoms of TMD. Unfortunately, these exercises only provide a temporary fix, and the problem still exists and disrupts healthy jaw function.
TMJ Therapy in Fayetteville, AR
We provide practical TMJ therapy in our Fayetteville, AR dental office to eliminate the problem at the source. To determine the proper approach to your treatment, a consultation will be necessary.
Some conventional approaches may include:
Occlusal splint therapy – Occlusion refers to how your teeth come together. If dentistry or your bite is unbalanced, teeth may not come together properly and cause an uneven load. An occlusal splint will balance the bite in addition to protecting upper and lower teeth during the night when teeth grinding is most common.
Bite balancing – Bite balancing, also called occlusal equilibration, makes hairline adjustments to the outer enamel of the teeth and dental restorations that may contain high spots that keep teeth from coming together properly. For patients with severely worn teeth, we can place restorations on teeth to restore the bite.
Orthodontics – Misaligned teeth are another common issue that may cause TMD. We offer Invisalign orthodontics to help patients enjoy a healthy, comfortable smile that supports proper jaw function.
For more information about how to relieve your jaw pain or to learn more about TMJ therapy in the Fayetteville, AR area, contact Northwest Arkansas Family Dental to arrange a consultation.