Find Relief from Headaches and Other Symptomswith TMJ Disorder Treatment

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Do you get frequent headaches, and migraines, have trouble getting to sleep at night, or grind your teeth regularly.

You may be like millions of other Americans who suffer from bruxism or TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). Both of these conditions can cause poor quality sleep, facial/neck pain, and headaches. Despite having such noticeable symptoms, many cases of TMJ go untreated. At Dental Concepts in Irving, TX, we treat both TMJ and bruxism. Dr. Nirav Patel can discuss the treatments used for these conditions with you during a consultation at our office.

The Connection between Bruxism and TMJ

Bruxism and TMJ are two different disorders, but they’re often linked.

Bruxism is also known as “teeth grinding”. It’s often caused by stress, but studies have suggested that it could also be genetic, or be caused by some types of pharmaceutical or recreational drugs. Bruxism causes the uncontrollable clenching of teeth, usually at night. However, it can also occur during the day.

TMJ is often caused by bruxism. The constant clenching of teeth can cause your temporomandibular joint to become irritated or overly-stressed, or even “pop” out of position, causing serious pain.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of bruxism and TMJ are somewhat similar. You may have bruxism if you experience:

  • Tooth pain and sensitivity
  • “Tight” or tired jaw muscles
  • Jaw, face, or neck pain/soreness
  • Sleep disruption
  • Dull headaches, usually beginning from the temples
  • Damage from accidentally chewing on your cheek

If you have bruxism, you may also suffer from TMJ. Symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Aches and pains around the ear
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Joint “locking” that makes it hard to open/close your mouth
  • Pain and tenderness of the jaw
  • Pain in your temporomandibular joints, directly in front of your ear
effects of teeth grinding
Teeth grinding can take a serious toll on your smile.

Common Treatments for Bruxism and TMJ

There are several treatments available for bruxism and TMJ.

The most common treatment for bruxism is a specialized mouthpiece. These are often known as mouthguards or nightguards. These nightguards keep your teeth from contacting each other during sleep, and are custom-fitted to ensure that pressure is evenly distributed around the teeth. In turn, this protects your teeth from the damage caused by bruxism.

If your TMJ disorder is caused by bruxism, this is usually enough to provide relief from the worst symptoms of TMJ. TMJ can also be treated by muscle relaxants, pain medication, and anti-inflammatory medications. In especially severe cases, corticosteroids may be injected into the joint, or surgery may be required to treat TMJ disorders.

Get the Treatment  You Need

If you’re looking for a dentist to treat bruxism and TMJ, Dr. Nirav Patel of Dental Concepts is a fantastic choice. Dr. Patel can issue protective mouth guards in Irving, and help you get relief from bruxism and TMJ pain.

Left untreated, bruxism can result in cracked and damaged teeth, severe pain, and even infection, and TMJ can lead to intense and regular migraine headaches. 

Don’t go without treatment. Contact us online today or call us at (972) 869-2273 to schedule your appointment and get the help you need.

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