Custom Mouthguards for Lasting Relief
If you suffer from TMJ disorder or chronic teeth grinding, then Dr. Pietrok and Dr. St. Germain may be able to provide effective, non-invasive treatment. Our custom-crafted mouthguards can realign your jaw, ease discomfort, stop you from grinding your teeth while you sleep, and reduce your risk for future dental damage.
Understanding TMJ and Bruxism Treatment
TMJ disorder (TMD) and bruxism are often related. TMD occurs when your jaw joints, or temporomandibular joints, become damaged. Subsequently, the surrounding ligaments and muscles could become inflamed. As a result, you may suffer chronic pain, headaches, and many other symptoms. TMD can result from a number of factors. However, it is often caused by bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding. Many times the result of stress, you will usually grind your teeth at night, and you may be unaware of your condition.
Drs. Pietrok and St. Germain can treat both TMJ disorder and bruxism with custom-made mouthguards. There are several types of devices, and the type they choose will depend on your unique needs. Some will realign your jaw to reduce pressure on your TMJs. Others will simply prevent your teeth from touching. No matter which one you receive, you will typically only need to wear the device at night. Because it will be made just for you, it will fit comfortably and securely.
Do You Suffer from TMJ Disorder or Bruxism?
If you struggle with any of the following symptoms, you may have TMJ disorder or bruxism:
- Chronic jaw pain
- Headaches or migraines
- Jaw stiffness
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Dental erosion
- A clicking noise when you open or close your mouth
For many patients, a thorough exam and a custom-crafted oral device could alleviate these and many other symptoms.
The Benefits of Treatment
The most noticeable advantage of TMJ and bruxism treatment is the immediate effect it can have on your quality of life. Your mouthguard can reduce your discomfort, enable you to eat a wider range of foods, and give you a better night’s sleep. However, treatment also has important benefits for your long-term health. Your mouthguard can prevent structural damage to your teeth. In many cases, it can also avert tooth loss, gum irritation, and swelling in your jaw and facial muscles.