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Maintaining a beautiful smile and excellent oral health is easy when you have a trusted dental team to turn to that provides support, education, and answers all your questions thoroughly. At the dental office of Michael J. Franquemont DDS, it is crucial to us that you understand the need for treatment, so we welcome and encourage your questions.
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TMJ & Bruxism Treatment
As a teenager, Dr. Michael Franquemont experienced TMJ problems and is all too familiar with the impact they can have on a person’s life. One of the reasons he chose dentistry as a profession is because of the excellent care received from his own dentist during that time.
How we Treat TMJ Pain
Today, Dr. Mike offers TMJ pain relief for patients in Centennial who are dealing with the often-debilitating symptoms. The jaw joint or TMJ is one of the most-used joints in the body. It can become sore and overworked just like any other joint, and when it does, it leads to numerous issues:
- TMJ pain and soreness
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- Clicking and popping sounds in your jaw
- Difficulty opening or closing your jaw
- Broken, cracked, and worn teeth
- Chronic headaches, including migraines
- Jaw locked open or closed
Despite these serious and painful symptoms, treatment for TMJ pain may be relatively simple. Dr. Mike can customize a night guard that you wear while you sleep and slips over your teeth like a mouthguard.
This small appliance provides a cushion between your upper and lower teeth to prevent them from coming into direct contact from each other. It won’t stop the grinding motion, but it will minimize any damage to your teeth due to the constant, excessive force placed on them.
Some patients who have bruxism grind their teeth all day long, and treatment, in this case, may include stress management techniques, meditation or muscle relaxers, OTC anti-inflammatories, jaw exercises, and switching to a soft diet.
TMJ & Bruxism Treatment in Centennial, CO
Dr. Mike understands the impact that TMJ problems and teeth grinding can have on your life. If you are looking for a TMJ dentist in Centennial, please call us to schedule an appointment so we can help you.
TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint. However, the short version is commonly used to describe disorders of this joint instead of the joint itself.
Symptoms of TMJ
The TMJ is a hinge-like construction that connects your lower jaw to your face. When working correctly, you can chew, speak, and yawn comfortably. But if inflammation or dysfunction sets in, you may experience a variety of symptoms, including:
- Jaw joint clicking
- Jaw sticking and locking
- Jaw, neck, and shoulder pain
- Headaches and migraines
If your TMJ is related to bruxism (nocturnal teeth clenching and grinding), you may also notice a muscular appearance to the lower jaw joints, tooth wear, fractures, and new cavities.
How Are TMJ and Bruxism Connected?
TMJ may result from bruxism, injury, or be present at birth, and symptoms are not always immediate. However, if you suspect TMJ or bruxism, talking to your dentist is essential.
TMJ may require surgery in severe cases, but your Centennial, CO, dentist has had great results in treating TMJ out of our dental office. Treatments may include a custom nightguard, which can also work to stop bruxism.
The nightguard fits over teeth and gently separates the jaws during sleep, preventing grinding and relaxing the TMJ.
Contact Your Dentist in Centennial, CO, for TMJ Treatment
TMJ can impact life quality, and bruxism can put your oral health at serious risk. If you suspect TMJ or bruxism, contact our dental team today.