TMJ & Bruxism Treatment

Waking up every day with headaches or pain in your neck or jaw is a good indication that you have a teeth-grinding habit, also referred to as bruxism. Chronic pain caused by teeth grinding or TMJ problems is a constant drain on your comfort and spirit that ultimately impacts your quality of life. 

You do not have to live with TMJ pain or a destructive teeth-grinding habit. At Platte Canyon Dental, we offer conservative TMJ and teeth grinding treatment for patients in Littleton who want to put an end to their discomfort and compromised quality of life. 

The Difference between TMJ and TMD

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and it is one of the most used joints in the human body. Like any other joint in your body, it can become sore from overuse, especially if you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep. 

TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, and it is the term dentists use to refer to any dysfunction or pain that involves the jaw joint. 

How Are TMJ and Teeth Grinding Related?

The TMJ is a complex joint that controls the up-and-down and side-to-side movement of your lower jaw. We all grind our teeth from time to time, but it usually occurs when we experience stress or are concentrating intently on something. 

Chronic teeth grinding, however, is often the result of malocclusion or a “bad” dental bite but can also be related to damaged teeth or tooth loss. Some people grind their teeth only at night, while others may do so throughout the day.

Symptoms of TMJ and Teeth Grinding

Signs to look for that indicate you have a problem with your jaw joint are: 

  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Pain in the TMJ (temporomandibular joint)
  • Trouble opening and closing the jaw
  • Tooth breakage and dental wear
  • Ringing in the ears or tinnitus

If you experience any of these symptoms, you may benefit from conservative TMJ treatment at our Littleton, CO dental office. Call us at (303) 797-2286.

How Do You Treat TMJ and Bruxism?

The purpose of TMJ and bruxism treatment is to decrease your pain, increase jaw function, and minimize the impact that TMD has on your everyday life. 

The first step in treating TMJ pain in Littleton dental office is for Dr. Linn to conduct a thorough evaluation of your oral health that includes an exam and dental x-rays. Her goal is to start with the most conservative TMJ and teeth grinding treatment, including medication therapy and techniques for reducing your general stress level.

Since teeth grinding commonly occurs during sleep, Dr. Linn will also customize a nightguard for you to wear on your upper teeth while you sleep. A nightguard protects your teeth from the force of grinding and clenching by making it impossible for your upper and lower teeth to contact each other when you bite down. 

If we find that your TMJ pain is related to dental problems, Dr. Linn may recommend:

  • Replacing missing teeth
  • Building up worn or broken-down teeth 
  • Using crowns to adjust your dental bite

Call Us for TMJ Pain Relief in Littleton

Dr. Linn has helped many patients find relief from teeth grinding and TMJ pain using our conservative approach. Please call Platte Canyon Dental to schedule an appointment to learn more.