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Treating Bruxism

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Bruxism Vs. TMJ

Bruxism and TMJ are both fairly common dental-related conditions, and they have comparable symptoms. Because of the similar symptoms, it’s important that you visit an experienced dentist to ensure that your condition is properly diagnosed. 

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a disorder that causes a patient to grind their teeth involuntarily while sleeping. This can cause intense joint pain, as well as damage to your teeth. Many people aren’t actually aware that they are clenching their teeth in their sleep if no other symptoms have shown, even in chronic cases. 

Not only can Bruxism lead to tooth loss, but it can actually lead to TMJ for a patient, so it’s important to address the issue early if possible. While Bruxism sometimes occurs due to stress, it can also happen because of a miss-aligned bite or uneven teeth, which can be addressed by a cosmetic dentist. 

Treatment for Bruxism can include the use of a night guard, and this treatment is most effective when fitted by a professional. Dentists often prescribe medications as well to reduce some fo the pain involved with habitual teeth grinding. This disorder can sometimes occur initially due to stress, but when it becomes a lasting habit, visiting a dentist is the best way to ensure you get the right treatment. 

What is TMJ?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. TMJ is a disorder that affects the joints of your lower jaw, and symptoms can include a grating or popping sensation when the jaw is moved, and sometimes include a joint getting stuck in place. 

While there is no firm cause determined for TMJ, many professionals believe that trauma to the joint, arthritis to the joint, or untreated bruxism are some of the causes for this disorder. If you are suffering from TMJ, a dentist may recommend that you use a night guard that holds your jaw in a neutral position to prevent any further damage. Like Bruxism, medication is often prescribed to relieve pain during treatment as well. 

Bruxism & TMJ Concord NH

If you think you may be suffering from Bruxism or TMJ, visiting an experienced dentist should be your first stop. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment with our office, feel free to give us a call or send an email today! We look forward to relieving any pain you may be having due to these disorders!