Therapy for TMJ Disorder and Bruxism in Lansing
Do you grind your teeth unconsciously during the day or at night while sleeping? Do you frequently experience headaches or pain in your neck, back, and shoulders? These could be symptoms of two common neuromuscular conditions called bruxism and TMJ disorder.
What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, begins as a reaction to stress or because of a misaligned biting surface along your teeth. Common symptoms include a sore jaw, headaches, earaches, surface wear, insomnia, eating disorders, and even depression. If left untreated, constant pressure along the surface of your teeth or continuous grinding can harm your teeth, as well as the muscles and tissues in and around the jaw, developing into a more advanced TMJ problem.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ dysfunction affects the small triangular joints located in front of the ears. These joints help create a smooth, gliding motion when you open and close your mouth. When the TMJ joints malfunction, patients often experience a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including jaw clicking and popping, headaches, pain in their back, neck and even the shoulders.
Bruxism and TMJ disorder can be treated using a special, custom designed, dental appliance to help minimize discomfort and bring healing to the TMJ joint. With your custom-made appliance, we can minimize or get rid of your symptoms entirely, resulting in better oral health and total well-being.
Call our office today to learn more about bruxism and TMJ disorder, or to schedule an appointment with us. Our comfortable dental office serves patients from Lansing, Grand Ledge, Holt, Okemos, East Lansing, and surrounding communities with comprehensive dental care in a spa-like atmosphere.