Do you suffer from frequent jaw pain? Do you clench or grind your teeth? You may have TMJ.
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a condition that is often caused by a jaw injury, inflammation, or jaw overuse. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common condition that can occur at any age and is also a common symptom of TMJ. Adults may unconsciously clench or grind their teeth when awake or asleep. Teeth grinding is generally the result of stress and anxiety, and is often paired with a clenched jaw.
Those with an abnormal bite or crooked and missing teeth can be more prone to this condition than others. Dr. Dominic Roppa and his dental team treat patients with TMJ with comfortable and effective treatments. You can schedule an appointment in Dr. Roppa’s Viera, FL office by calling (321) 614-3833 or requesting a consultation online.
Symptoms of TMJ
For many patients, symptoms of TMJ may include:
- Tooth Pain
- Grinding Teeth
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Jaw Soreness
- Muscle Soreness
- Loose Teeth
- Fractured Teeth
However, there are effective solutions to stop these symptoms and halt tooth wear.
Untreated TMJ has short and long-term health consequences. Irritated nerves and facial pain may be short-term symptoms, but weakened tooth enamel occurs over time with increased tension. TMJ can cause severe damage to teeth, jaw muscles, and joints. However, there are multiple solutions:
Mouthguards and splint therapy: A custom made mouthguard or splint, also known as a nightguard, is designed to help reposition the bite and eliminate teeth grinding.
Restorative dental treatments: To address tooth damage and to realign how the teeth make contact when biting, Dr. Roppa may recommend dental bonding, crowns, and other restorative treatments.
Orthodontics: If malocclusion or crooked teeth are considered a cause of your bite problem, clear aligners may help.