TMJ/TMD & Evaluation of Bruxism


The temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) and associated disorders are a debilitating condition that can impair our ability to chew, smile and, in severe cases, our ability to function on a day to day basis. Protection of this area from injury, trauma, occlusion, stress and bruxism is paramount to its overall health.

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TMJ Evaluation and Treatment

Evaluation of the TMJ complex is necessary to determine if the origin of the discomfort is muscular or skeletal. Once we do that, we want to figure out why it started. Many times it is secondary to parafunctional habits such as grinding, stress, or an underlying malocclusion. Correcting these issues may be as easy as treating with bite splints but severe cases may require multiple dental specialties to treat. An evaluation by your dentist is the only way to determine a path of treatment.

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Nightguards and Occlusal Guards

Temporal Mandibular Join (TMJ or TMD) pain: If you or someone you know suffers from severe tooth, jaw, or facial muscle pain, it may be from bruxing (clenching or grinding of the teeth and jaws). Prescribing a properly equilibrated custom fabricated nightguard may very well alleviate pain to the TMJ. After an occlusal analysis, there are many different types of nightguards that we can tailor to your specific needs.

Occlusal wear: when excessive occlusal (tooth) wear is observed, we need find a way to protect what is left of the dentition (teeth). Studies show that people who grind and clench their teeth may cause up to 80 times the normal tooth wear (attrition) resulting in significant dental cost to restore teeth back to their original shape and size.