Sometimes, a patient will come in and just feel that pain, just feel that jaw pain right here. We're able to try to help them immediately by using a night time appliance, try to take some of that pressure off the TMJ joint. Oftentimes, it works quite well and quite quickly, which patients are appreciative of. That gives us the ability to actually not only help to alleviate their pain, but also diagnose what's going on inside the joint itself. That's a very good first line treatment that we offer patients if they are having that type of pain in their TMJ joint.
We don’t just do run-of-the-mill dentistry in our Nashua, NH dentist office. Our knowledgeable doctors can also help you with problems like sleep apnea and teeth grinding.
Chronic teeth grinding can cause headaches or even jaw problems like TMJ disorder. It can also damage your teeth.
When our doctors examine you, they’ll look for signs of bruxism – the medical term for teeth grinding or clenching. If you suffer from bruxism, we can relieve your pain and save your teeth by providing you with a custom-made mouthguard you wear at night.
Think you could have bruxism? Call Nashua Family Dentistry at 603-546-7460.
Teeth Grinding and TMJ Disorder: A Possible Connection
Your temporomandibular joint (or TMJ) is the scientific name for the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. A number of factors, including tooth grinding, can cause a TMJ disorder (TMD). The primary symptom of a TMJ disorder is an aching jaw. But others include:
- Difficulty or pain while chewing
- Locking of your joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
- A clicking sound or grating sensation when you open your mouth
How a Custom Mouthguard Can Help Your TMJ Disorder
Our Nashua, NH dentists will take impressions of your teeth and other measurements used to create a custom mouthguard for you. You’ll wear the mouthguard at night. It will gently reposition your lower jaw to relieve pressure on your TMJ and prevent you from grinding or clenching your teeth. It can also eliminate TMJ-related headaches and migraines.
Repairing Dental Damage
If teeth grinding or clenching has already caused dental damage, our doctors can repair it! Our cosmetic and restorative dentistry services can restore your smile’s appearance and function. We may use:
- Dental veneers. These thin “shells” are custom made to fit over the entire front surface of your teeth, fortifying and beautifying them. We can use them to repair minor cracks or chips, and they can make ground-down teeth look longer.
- Dental crowns. For more severe cracks or breaks, a dental crown covers your whole tooth, protecting it against further damage.