When it comes to your teeth, gums, and jaw joints, your dentist is the expert. For this reason, you should turn to your dentist—our TMJ specialist in Denver, CO—if you suffer from or suspect bruxism.
Bruxism means you grind and clench your teeth, typically during sleep. In the early stages, you may not know you have this condition, but there are telltale signs.
Signs of Bruxism
Over time bruxism can cause tooth fractures and other complications, including:
- Jaw, neck, and shoulder pain
- Cracked and worn teeth
- Cavities and tooth chips
- Jaw joint disorder (TMJ)
TMJ or temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a severe condition with many of the same pain symptoms as bruxism. In addition, however, TMJ can lead to a clicking sound in the jaw joint when chewing or speaking and even joint locking.
The TMJ is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your head.
Bruxism Treatment in Denver
If you suspect bruxism, your dentist can evaluate your teeth and your jaws for a definitive diagnosis. This diagnosis may also include x-rays to get a closer look at your jaw joint.
If you have bruxism, TMJ, or both, your dentist can fabricate a teeth grinding guard to prevent grinding and clenching. This oral appliance fits over the teeth, and it is customized to fit you specifically.
This mouthguard keeps your upper and lower jaw from connecting as you sleep. Often treating bruxism can automatically correct your TMJ. However, your dentist will give you a better idea about what to expect with treatment.
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Your comfort and well-being are essential to our team. Additionally, we want to protect your teeth and jaw joints from the complications associated with untreated bruxism.