TMD Therapy and Nightguards
Do you feel oral pain upon waking? Are your teeth sensitive or sore? Do you have clicking or popping jaw joints? You may suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, which is more commonly known as TMJ or TMD.
Deciphering TMD & Teeth Grinding
TMJ disorder, or TMD, refers to problems with your jaw joints caused by malocclusion (a bad bite), clenching, grinding, or posturing of your jaw muscles. Over time, your jaw joints may slip, lock, or become damaged due to TMD or because of trauma, like an auto accident.
Teeth clenching and grinding usually occurs during the night, but some people will clench or grind their teeth during the daytime, particularly if they are stressed.
The symptoms of TMD vary from patient to patient. Royal Oak Dental Group has reported the following symptoms:
- Clicking, popping, locking, or grinding jaw joints
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Facial pain
- Teeth sensitivity
- Teeth not coming together correctly
- Gum recession
- Abfractions (notching in your teeth)
- Limited range of motion
The symptoms of TMD vary widely from person to person, and can be mild or extremely debilitating. TMD is a degenerative disease, so seeking treatment as soon as possible is highly recommended.
Oral Treatment for TMD
Our dentists adhere to treating TMD with an occlusal orthotic splint. In order to provide more convenient care to our patients, we have eliminated the need to send your case to a dental lab for fabrication, as we can create your splint in the convenience of our Raleigh or Cary dental offices without sacrificing quality.
Your splint will be custom-made to fit your teeth snugly. Most patients get used to wearing them quickly, and appreciate the relief they get from wearing them. By wearing a splint, you can provide relief to your joints and muscles, allowing them to relax and move into a comfortable position.
With regular use, most patients see dramatic reduction of their symptoms in a couple of weeks or less. Your splint may require periodic adjustments in order to ensure a proper long-term fit.
Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) Treatments & Nightguards
Do you grind your teeth at night? Do you wake up clenching your teeth? You may benefit from nocturnal wear of a nightguard. Nightguards are mouthguards that provide a barrier between your upper and lower teeth, preventing your teeth from damaging each other.
Wearing a nightguard can help to prevent cracks, worn teeth, shortened teeth, abfractions, and gum recession. Custom nightguards and mouthguards can also help you get a better night’s sleep by offering comfort and relaxation from grinding.
Call Offices for an Evaluation
If you grind your teeth or have problems with your jaw, contact Royal Oak Dental Group to schedule an evaluation. Our team of experts can determine if you suffer from TMD and if you might benefit from splint treatment or a nightguard. As always, our mission is to protect your teeth and your oral health with quality preventative care.
We treat TMD, TMJ and other general dentistry diagnoses and are proud to serve patients in the Raleigh-Cary-Chapel Hill-Siler City area, including Apex, Carrboro, Pittsboro, Hillsboro, Durham, Morrisville, North Raleigh, Garner, Wake Forest and Knightdale.