When it comes to your dental health, there is more to it than preventing cavities and gum disease. Some problems cannot be prevented with regular cleanings and checkups. Chronic tooth grinding can happen subconsciously without you realizing there is a problem, and TMJ dysfunction can be caused by genetics, bite, and other factors. Without treatment, these disorders can damage your smile over time. At Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, we can help you fix the problem with a simple, nonsurgical solution.
Methods For Treating TMJ & Bruxism
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction and chronic tooth grinding are two separate disorders but are often found to be related to each other. Many patients worry that the only way to solve their disorders includes surgeries or appliances that will disrupt their sleep at night. Some remedies may improve your chronic tooth grinding or jaw problems.
Every patient is different, and many factors can cause you to grind your teeth, even if you do not mean to. Stress can be one reason that a person grinds their teeth excessively. Reducing your stress levels and improving your sleep routine could help alleviate pressure from your joints.
Misaligned teeth or an overbite may also play a role in these disorders. In some cases, straightening your teeth with braces or another method may improve your problem. Sometimes even physical therapy may be used to address your TMJ function. This can help teach you how to use your jaws in a better way to reduce tension. In other cases, age, genetics, and diet can play a role in these dysfunctions beginning to show. These cannot always be prevented, but we can help you.
An Oral Appliance Is Easy And Effective
If these methods haven’t helped you, it is time to see a professional. If you are looking for a simple solution that can treat your bruxism and TMJ without surgeries or testing other methods, an oral appliance can help you. This tool looks very similar to a retainer but can help support your jaw joints and relieve the pressure from grinding your teeth or TMJ.
Some generic oral appliances may be sold in local grocery stores, but these may not be suitable to your needs. At our office, we can take an impression of your smile to get precise measurements. This allows a lab to create an appliance that will fit perfectly to your teeth and provide support where you need it most.
Schedule An Appointment Today
Cleveland Family Dentistry can help if you are experiencing bruxism or TMJ. To schedule an appointment, call our office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also proudly serve the residents of Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, and all surrounding communities.