You may have some bad habits you know aren’t good for your teeth, like a diet heavy in sweets. If you grind your teeth, though, it’s possible you do it without even realizing it – while you sleep. Teeth grinding can result in chips, breaks, and other dental damage that may require restorative dentistry. Grinding is also linked to TMJ disorder, a condition in which joints in your jaw become inflamed. The result is chronic jaw pain. Fortunately, with TMJ treatment in Louisville, we can relieve your discomfort.
- Relieve pressure on your jaw to give your inflamed joints a chance to heal
- Prevent grinding-related damage to your teeth
- Eliminate earaches, headaches, muscle pain, and other related TMJ symptoms
- Improve the quality of your sleep
- Help you regain full use of your jaw
Our dentists will look for evidence of teeth grinding (bruxism) during your dental exams. If you think you could have a TMJ disorder and/or a grinding habit, call us at 502-430-3451.
Take Pressure Off Your Jaw With an Oral Appliance
In order for your jaw to heal, it’s necessary to relieve pressure on your temporomandibular joints (TMJ). To do so, we may recommend a splint or other oral appliance. It will:
- Stop you from grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw, two habits that contribute to TMJ dysfunction
- Move your jaw into a position that gives your TMJ a chance to heal
- Improve the alignment of your teeth
In addition to an appliance, we may recommend lifestyle changes as well as stretching exercises or other types of physical therapy that will make the muscles in your jaw more flexible and relaxed.
Find Out Your Risk Factors So You Can Get the Help You Need
TMJ disorders are more common in women than in men, especially women between the ages of 18 and 44. Other risk factors include:
- Poor Posture
- Jaw Injury
- Poorly Aligned Bite
Call 502-430-3451 for TMJ treatment in Louisville, or to make an appointment.