TMJ & Teeth Grinding Treatment in Candia, NH
It’s normal to clench or grind your teeth from time to time. In many cases, teeth grinding (bruxism) is the result of stress and tension.
However, some people grind to the point where it can lead to head and neck pain and wearing down of their teeth.
Dr. Emily Pakula is pleased to offer a non-surgical option to provide relief from these symptoms. The device is called an occlusal guard, which looks a lot like a mouth guard. It works with your mouth and jaw and offers protection as well as rapid relief from the painful symptoms of teeth grinding.
Why Do I Grind My Teeth?
There are many reasons why people grind their teeth. Often, it occurs because of muscle tension or dysfunction of your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. This is the joint that allows your lower jaw to move. You can find this joint if you place your fingers in front of your ears and move your jaw up and down
In some cases, discomfort in your jaw joint is the result of a bad dental bite. When your teeth don’t meet evenly on both sides, you place more biting force on one side. This creates a lot of stress on your teeth and jaw, which can lead to head and neck pain. The constant stress also wears down your teeth, and you may not be aware of it.
How Can an Occlusal Guard Benefit Me?
“Occlusal” is a term that simply refers to the position of your teeth when you bite down.
The guard is designed to gently reposition the jaw to improve your bite. It is custom made to fit perfectly over your teeth. The guard takes stress off the joint and provides pain relief by letting the jaw relax into a natural position during sleep.
How Do I Know if an Occlusal Guard Will Work for Me?
The painful symptoms of teeth grinding can greatly impact your life. Just as importantly, many patients rapidly wear down their teeth with absolutely no pain, but this creates major future problems that could be easily managed if treated early.
We want to do everything possible to help you get the relief you need, but the only way we can determine if a splint will help you is by conducting a thorough exam.
Effective, Personalized Treatment
At our Candia, NH dental office, we stress the importance of developing long-term patient relationships so we can provide the treatment that fits your needs and promotes good oral health. We want you to get to know us so that you will always feel comfortable and confident when visiting our office.
Please contact our office, and a friendly member of our team will be happy to arrange a consultation. At that time, we can address your concerns and work with you to develop a customized treatment plan.