Tooth grinding, which is also referred to as bruxism, is a condition that many people have without even realizing it. Bruxism is also associated with temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. People with TMJ often experience jaw pain, popping of the jaws, headaches and tooth pain. At Acadian Family Dental, we offer bruxism and TMJ treatments that may help to relieve your discomfort and protect your oral health.
Medications and Exercises
One of the first lines of defense against tooth grinding and TMJ disorders is jaw strengthening exercises. Our dentists can show you how to exercise your jaw muscles, and we may prescribe muscle relaxants for you to take at bedtime to reduce clenching and grinding. We also recommend stress reduction such as meditation and listening to relaxing music before going to bed.
Another viable option is to be fitted for a custom-made night guard to help protect your teeth from damage caused by grinding and TMJ. A mold of your mouth will be created and sent to a dental lab where lab technicians will make an acrylic mold that fits onto your upper teeth. You can wear the night guard while you sleep to protect your teeth from getting worn, chipped or cracked.
Orthodontics, Inlays, and Crowns
If your teeth are not properly aligned, this could be the cause of your bruxism or TMJ. We can help to correct misaligned teeth by applying inlays or crowns. This is especially helpful on molars as these teeth bear the brunt of the damage. Orthodontic care is another option for correcting teeth with improper alignment.
If you have bruxism or suspect that you have TMJ, Acadian Family Dental is a trusted name among the Houston, TX, community, and we’re ready to help.