What are TMJ and Bruxism?
It’s estimated that more than 10 million Americans suffer from some form of TMJ dysfunction or bruxism. Also known as teeth grinding, bruxism refers to the chronic grinding or clenching of the teeth. This force puts stress on both jaw joints, often leading to TMJ disorder.
TMJ disorder most often results from dental misalignment due to trauma, stress, or worn down cartilage within the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Patients with TMJ disorder often experience discomfort in the head, neck, and jaw.
Common Symptoms of TMJ
- Bruxism, or teeth grinding, usually during sleep
- Locked or limited jaw movement
- Clicking or “popping” sensations in the jaw
- Soreness of the jaw and facial muscles
- Excessive wear of the teeth
- Headaches, neck aches, and migraines
- Tooth or throat pain
Dr. Councill and Dr. Glass have training, education, and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ and MPD (myo-facial pain disorder). The sooner TMJ is diagnosed and treated, the more quickly and effectively the condition can be halted and the symptoms reversed.
Before being prescribed the appropriate TMJ treatment, you must first receive proper diagnosis. Using the latest advances in neuromuscular dental techniques and technology, Dr. Councill and his team of highly trained professionals will perform a thorough examination to identify all the factors driving your discomfort. Once a diagnosis of TMJ or MPD has been made, Dr. Councill or Dr. Glass will prescribe a personalized treatment plan.
TMJ Treatment from Councill Dental Group
If you are diagnosed with TMJ, we will discuss the various treatment options with you. Some of the most successful TMJ treatments include bite adjustment therapy, orthotics, and orthodontics – all designed to restore teeth to their correct positions. Typically, treatment will stabilize and manage your bite long-term, providing lasting management for chronic muscle pain and spasms. For teeth that have become damaged due to teeth grinding (bruxism) or TMJ, we can restore them with dental bonding or all-ceramic crowns.