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Dr. Kiehl on TMJ Teeth Grinding Read Transcript

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.

To speak with our doctors about bruxism and/or TMJ disorder, call Nashua Family Dentistry at 603-546-7460. Or use our online form.

Call Today to Make An Appointment

If you and your family are ready to receive dental care from a team who is highly skilled, compassionate, and can offer all the services you need under one roof, you have come to the right place. To schedule an appointment, please contact our office directly at 603-546-7460. You can also send us a message using our online form. Just fill it out, click submit, and we will respond promptly. We will be happy to help you and your family get the care you need. We can’t wait to meet you!

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