Treating TMJ Disorder and Bruxism in Conroe TX

Give Yourself The Gift Of Jaw And Teeth Comfort

Have you ever experienced jaw tension, or noticed that you were clenching your jaw during a moment of stress? Has your jaw ever made a popping sound while you chew? Understanding TMJ and bruxism can greatly improve your daily quality of life. In fact, many patients do not even realize they are suffering from a jaw disorder until we begin asking questions. If you suffer from generalized discomfort in your face, teeth, jaw, or experience daily headaches, speak with Dr. Richards about TMJ health.

About Your TMJs

You have two TMJs, one located on either side of your face. An abbreviation for temporomandibular joint, your TMJ connects your jaw to the rest of your cranium. The joints allow you to open your mouth and shift your jaw up and down and side to side. When your TMJs function poorly, you may experience discomfort, which dentistry refers to as TMJ disorder or TMD. TMJ disorder symptoms include:

  • Chewing hurts
  • You experience popping or clicking in your jaw
  • Your ears ring
  • Your teeth do not fit together comfortably when you bite down
  • You suffer from ear discomfort
  • Your jaw muscles feel fatigued or sore
  • You experience daily headaches

About Bruxism

Bruxism is another term for teeth clenching. As a habit or a matter of stress – sometimes even in your sleep – you may bite down hard for extended periods of time. You may also suffer from teeth grinding. These repeated motions place stress on your teeth and your TMJs. Symptoms of bruxism include:

  • People have mentioned they can hear you grinding your teeth
  • The surfaces of your teeth have become chipped or worn down
  • You experience daily headaches
  • You notice that you chew on your interior mouth tissues, such as your cheeks
  • Your jaw muscles ache or feel tight

The Benefits Of TMJ And Bruxism Treatment

Extended periods of stress on your jaw or teeth may cause daily discomfort. However, beyond daily pain and headaches lies the possibility of physical damage. Teeth clenching and grinding may cause eroded tooth surfaces and long-term sensitivity. Ignoring jaw tension may lead to damage in surrounding tissues. Treatment is considered “preventive” because we can often help you avoid damage, while improving daily comfort.

What To Expect From TMJ And Bruxism Treatment

At The Dental Centre of Conroe, we always do our best to provide comfortable, conservative treatments that truly make a difference. Similar to our approach for sleep apnea, we rely on oral appliance therapy. You will wear a custom device, similar to a mouth guard, which will either cushion your teeth or gently reposition your jaw for reduced tension, improved habits, and restored function.

Do You Qualify for TMJ/Bruxism Treatment?

If you suffer from chronic, uncontrollable teeth-grinding, or if you experience chronic jaw pain, headaches, and more, then you may qualify for bruxism/TMJ treatment. To schedule a consultation, call the Dental Centre of Conroe today at (936) 441-4600. Located in Conroe, TX, we also proudly serve the residents of Houston, The Woodlands, Willis, Montgomery, Magnolia, Huntsville, and all the surrounding communities.