TMJ & Bruxism Treatment in Pascoe Vale
Bruxism, or clenching and grinding the teeth, affects many people at some point during their lives. In some cases, it may come and go, while others may suffer from chronic teeth grinding, which can lead to damaged teeth, gum recession and jaw disorders.
Dr Amir evaluates patients for signs of teeth grinding as part of the comprehensive dentistry we provide at Lumino Smiles. Some common signs of bruxism include:
- Uneven or premature wear to teeth and dentistry
- Bite marks along the inside of the cheeks
- Gum recession and abfractions (loss of tooth structure at the gumline)
- Over-developed jaw muscles
- Teeth sensitivity
- Headaches and migraines
- Facial soreness and pain
- Bony growths beneath the tongue
- Broken or chipped teeth
If Dr Amir identifies signs of a bruxism habit, he will discuss options to resolve the problem and prevent damage to your teeth and jaw due to the excessive forces of clenching and grinding.
Treatment for Bruxism
Patients who suffer from a bruxism habit may decide to partake of a sleep study to identify the possible presence of sleep apnoea, as the two conditions are often related.
Effective sleep apnoea treatment often alleviates bruxism and may be the first line of treatment, as it is a serious and life threatening condition.
Oral Appliance Therapy
To protect teeth and inhibit the damage caused by a bruxism habit, a customised night guard may be part of the treatment we recommend. Custom night guards, used in treating bruxism, fit over the upper or lower teeth to create a barrier between teeth.
Treatment for TMJ Disorders
Your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the joint that hinges your upper and lower jaw. It controls chewing and speaking function.
With a long-term bruxism habit, the TMJ can become painful and slowly degenerate. A customised occlusal guard not only protects the teeth from a grinding habit, but also guides the jaw into an ideal orthopaedic position.
Signs of TMJ Dysfunction
Jaw pain can develop rapidly or slowly progress over time. In addition to painful jaws and surrounding muscles, the following symptoms can also indicate a jaw disorder:
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Clicking or popping jaw joints
- Jaw joints locking open or closed
- Headaches or migraines
- Inflamed and sore facial muscles
- Degeneration of the condyle (rounded part of the joint)
X-rays and 3-D imaging can contribute to an accurate diagnosis of jaw disorders. Dr Amir will recommend both diagnostics and treatment options on an individual basis with the singular goal of preventing damage and promoting improved oral health.
We Welcome You to Contact Lumino Smiles
If you suspect you grind your teeth during sleep or you have experienced jaw pain, we welcome you to contact our Pascoe Vale dental clinic to book an evaluation with Dr Kiaee Amir. His experience, education and conscientious approach to dentistry will help you find solutions so you can enjoy greater comfort and a healthy smile.