TMJ Therapy in Rohnert Park
Are you suffering from chronic headaches, earaches or jaw pain?
You may have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, called TMJ disorder.
TMJ is a misalignment of the sensitive jaw joints. This can cause muscles to become stressed, which irritates nerves and leads to symptoms that range from mild to severe.
Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Headaches or migraines
- Chronic earaches
- Popping, clicking jaw joints
- Jaw, face, head, neck pain
- Low back pain
- Tingling fingers
- Inability to fully open/close the mouth
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Tooth wear
How we can help: For conservative, effective treatment, your dentist can create a custom oral appliance to correct jaw alignment, and relieve nagging symptoms. If you suffer from TMJ symptoms, consult with your dentist to determine whether an oral appliance will relieve your pain.
Teeth Grinding Relief
Do you habitually grind your teeth?
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching is a condition referred to as bruxism, and it can occur at any age and for various reasons.
Bruxism can lead to tooth wear and breakage, which contributes to altering a person?s bite (occlusion). This, in turn, can result in TMJ disorder, which causes nagging to debilitating symptoms.
It is important to stop bruxism so that the teeth and bite remain in good health. If teeth are repaired, but grinding still occurs, new dental work will become worn and broken.
How we can help: Your dentist can recommend an oral appliance to prevent teeth grinding and clenching.
Many people experience bruxism while sleeping, and, thus, the appliance may be referred to as a nightguard. Many varieties of nightguards are available, and daytime appliances may also be necessary.
At your consultation, your dentist will assess your tooth wear, recommend an appliance to eliminate bruxing, then rebuild the compromised teeth to restore your bite to the optimal position.
Sonoma Smiles wants to help you with all your dental needs. For more information, please schedule an appointment with Wayne Sutton, DDS, and we will be in touch with you shortly.