TMJ is acute chronic pain in the muscles of the temporomandibular joint, that connects the mandible to the skull. Muscles and joints work together; a problem with either one can lead to stiffness, headaches, severe ear pain, bite problems, clicking sound or locked jaw. There are conditions that can lead to TMJ disorders. Teeth grinding and clenching increase the wear on the cartilage between the skull and the jaw. You may be unaware of grinding and clenching your teeth. Misalignment of teeth can lead to or be a result of TMJ, chewing on one side of your jaw can contribute to TMJ problems along with stress. It is very common for people under stress to release nervous energy by both consciously or unconsciously grinding and clenching teeth.
Bite Adjustment Therapy
A bite adjustment is used to evenly distribute the biting forces to reduce trauma and lessen the uneven stress on loose, weak teeth so they can tighten. Bite adjustments are a necessary part of treatment for gum disease, joint and muscle problems and unsightly wear of your teeth.
Unsightly wear of front and back teeth means that you are grinding your teeth (Bruxism).
The symptoms of TMJ can intertwine with teeth grinding.
Night guards are plastic mouthpieces that fit over the upper or lower teeth. The night guard prevents the upper and lower teeth from coming together and lessens the effects of clenching or grinding habit. They also correct the bite by positioning the teeth in their most correct, least traumatic position.
Richard B Waghalter, D.D.S Healthy Smiles of Houston 5959 West Loop South, Suite 640 Bellaire, TX 77401
Telephone: 713-771-7101 FAX: 713-771-7102
Financing available through Springstone Financial and Care Credit.