Jaw Pain & TMJ

Bruxism & TMJ Treatment Lake Haven

Ease jaw pain and solve jaw movement issues with expert TMJ treatment in Lake Haven

If you are experiencing significant jaw pain, it is possible that you are suffering from a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or bruxism.

TMJ disorders cause jaw joint inflammation near the ears. This joint acts like a hinge connecting the jawbone to the skull, and inflammation in this area can cause jaw pain and problems with jaw movement. Bruxism, on the other hand, is a disorder that causes you to clench and grind your teeth, usually subconsciously or while you’re sleeping.

Advance Family Dental specialises in TMJ disorders and bruxism and provides effective solutions to treat related-jaw pain. Contact us for bruxism and TMJ treatment in Lake Haven today!

TMJ disorder symptoms & causes

The cause of a patient’s TMJ disorder is often difficult to determine — the pain could be related to various factors, including genetics, arthritis, previous jaw injuries or even bruxism.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain in and around your ears
  • Pain in the jaw
  • Pain in the temporomandibular joint (one side or both)
  • Trouble chewing or pain while chewing
  • Facial pain
  • Lockjaw.

For the most part, TMJ-related pain is temporary and can be treated with painkillers or non-surgical treatment. However, we recommend booking an appointment for TMJ treatment in Lake Haven so that we can alleviate your discomfort sooner rather than later.

Bruxism symptoms & causes

Bruxism is considered a sleep-related movement disorder. Patients who clench their teeth in sleep are likely to have other sleep disorders, like snoring and sleep apnea.

Symptoms include:

  • Clenching the jaw and teeth grinding loud enough to wake another person
  • Flattened, chipped, fractured or loose teeth
  • Worn tooth enamel and exposure of deeper layers of the tooth
  • Tooth pain and sensitivity
  • Jaw, neck or face pain
  • Tired or tight jaw muscles
  • Earaches (but it’s not actually a problem with your ear)
  • Headaches in your temples
  • Sleep disruption
  • Mouth sores (from chewing your cheeks).

Mild bruxism often doesn’t require treatment. However, suppose the bruxism is frequent enough to cause headaches, earaches and damaged teeth. In that case, bruxism is a serious issue, and we recommend seeking dental care — contact us for bruxism treatment in Lake Haven today.

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How are bruxism and TMJ disorders diagnosed and treated?

Diagnosing a TMJ disorder or bruxism is quick and painless. If you suspect you are suffering from either of these disorders, simply book an appointment with us! Our experienced TMJ dentists in Lake Haven will thoroughly examine your teeth and jaw, and if necessary, we will recommend an effective treatment method for your condition.

Both disorders can usually be treated with a custom mouth splint that you can wear while sleeping. The splint will encourage your jaw to relax and keep your upper and lower teeth separated. This stops the grinding and clenching and gives your jaw a chance to heal from any associated damage.

Our TMJ specialists in Lake Haven make custom mouth splints in-house from thermoplastic or hard acrylic, depending on your specific needs and the severity of your condition.

Contact us today for professional bruxism and TMJ treatment in Lake Haven!

If you are suffering from bruxism or TMJ, contact our dental surgery to book an appointment today. Located at Lake Haven Shopping Centre on the Central Coast, we can provide effective treatment options to ease your pain and discomfort.