When people develop TMJ disorder (also known as TMD) and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding) the health of their smile suffers. In addition, they often report an array of uncomfortable symptoms. In order to help our Richfield, MN, patients, we may offer treatment with a custom-made oral appliance.
Frequently Asked Questions About Oral Appliance Therapy
Question: What causes TMJ disorder?
Answer: TMD forms when the temporomandibular joints undergo excessive strain. The stress could be caused by injury, tooth loss, or misalignment. Without treat, TMJ disorder eventually causes discomfort and difficulty when opening and closing the mouth. Symptoms range from headaches and jaw pain to a popping or crackling sensation in the jaw.
Question: How do I know if I have bruxism?
Answer: Bruxism occurs when patients regularly grind or clench their teeth, eventually damaging them or wearing down enamel. Over time, this increases the risk of tooth decay and infection. Stress, tooth loss, untreated TMD, and malocclusion could be the cause and sufferers often report headaches, jaw pain, tooth sensitivity or toothaches, and aches in the neck or shoulders.
Question: How does an oral appliance help?
Answer: The oral appliance helps address TMD by repositioning the jaw, easing strain on the temporomandibular joints and preventing further symptoms. For bruxism, the device again repositions the jaw to help correct bite imbalances, while also providing a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth, preventing further damage.
Question: Will the oral appliance fit comfortably?
Answer: Yes! The device will be custom-made, ensuring a precise and comfortable fit. We don’t want discomfort to stand between you and a solution for your jaw joint disorders. If you have any questions about treating either chronic teeth grinding or TMD, then contact our team today. We’re ready to help you enjoy improved oral health.
Do You Have Questions About Our Appliances?
We have comfortable and minimally-invasive solutions to both teeth grinding and TMJ disorder, so don’t live with pain in or around your jaw. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Keller by calling Cedar West Family Dentistry in Richfield, MN, today at (612) 861-7188.