January 7, 2015
The temporomandibular joint is the joint responsible for connecting your lower jaw, or mandible, to your skull. Though powerful and versatile, this tiny joint is actually quite delicate and can be susceptible to inflammation due to injury, clenching of the jaw muscles, malocclusion, or teeth grinding. Involuntary grinding of the teeth, known as bruxism, can put an inordinate amount of pressure on these joints, resulting in TMJ disorder. At Complete Cosmetic Care Dentistry in Glenpool, OK, Dr. Dalia Georgy and Dr. Parnam Mohanna help patients suffering from TMD and bruxism enjoy pain-free relief and improved oral health.
Benefits of Treating Bruxism and TMJ Disorder
The symptoms that accompany a case of TMD and bruxism vary depending on the patient’s oral health history, general state of physical wellness, behaviors, and the severity of the inflammation in the temporomandibular joint. The most common symptoms of these conditions are:
- Audible grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw while asleep
- Pain and/or stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and upper back
- Tenderness in the jaw, particularly near the temples
- Persistent headaches
- Teeth that are worn down to reveal the internal tooth structure within
- Teeth that become flatter and shorter over time
- Indentations on the sides of the tongue
Fortunately, there is a relatively simple, completely non-invasive way to treat bruxism and TMJ disorder at Complete Cosmetic Care Dentistry. With a customized oral appliance, we can help you get the relief you need while you sleep. Simply wear your comfortable nightguard – also called an oral splint – at night, and experience freedom from jaw clenching and grinding for good.
Give Your Smile the Care It Deserves
If you currently suffer from the effects of bruxism or TMJ disorder, don’t spend another day in pain and discomfort. Instead, please contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Drs. Georgy and Mohanna at Complete Cosmetic Care Dentistry in Glenpool, OK. With a comprehensive range of preventive and general dentistry solutions customized to suit your unique needs, our team can help you find lasting relief from nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Our family-friendly, state-of-the-art dental practice proudly serves patients from throughout the surrounding areas of Jenks, Bixby, Tulsa, Sapulpa, Okmulgee, Mounds, Keifer, and beyond.
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