The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) bruxism is found on either side of the jaw, holds the upper and the lower jaw together and permits movement. A TMJ bruxism disorder will experience pain on the area of the joints and may find it a little difficult to move their jaws. People can grind and clinch their teeth without being aware of it. To prevent damage to the teeth, mouth guards or splints are usually used to help individuals avoid grinding, clenching, and TMJ bruxism. Some individuals find that the symptoms goes away as long as they have the splint, however without the splint the pain returns. Complications for TMJ Bruxism are long-term teeth clenching or grinding, injury, infection, or arthritis. However complications for TMJ Bruxism are rare due to most treatments results in relief when individuals follow their treatment plan.
Causes of TMJ Bruxism
- Emotions such as anxiety, stress, anger, frustration, or tension
- Aggressive, competitive or hyperactive personality type
- Abnormal alignment of upper and lower jaw
- Sleep apnea
Symptoms of TMJ Bruxism
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Flattened, fractured, chipped, or loose teeth
- Exposing deeper layers of your tooth
- Jaw or face pain or soreness
- Tired or tight jaw muscles
- Bite marks on your tongue
- Damaged inside of the cheeks due to chewing/biting
Treatment for TMJ Bruxism
In order to relieve TMJ Bruxism symptoms, we address the problem holistically and naturally, without medication.
We use the following approaches to relieve TMJ Bruxism symptoms:
- ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue and myofascial restriction, which can decrease pain and give symptom relief.
- Special exercise program to decrease inflammation, strengthen the muscles, and help the patient to return to normal function and activities.
- Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time.
- Cold Laser Therapy: Tissue inflammation is common with TMJ Bruxism. Cold laser is used in order to decrease inflammation and swelling that causes pain in the jaw area.
Call us today to start the journey of pain relief!