TMJ Treatment / Teeth Grinding
TMJ Treatment Relieves Your Aching Jaw
During dental exams in our Millburn, NJ dentist office, we look for signs of chronic teeth grinding, which is also known as bruxism. That’s because bruxism can damage your teeth and threaten your health.Dr. Scott Krosser on TMJ & teeth grinding Read Transcript
A lot of times, patients will have pain in their jaws, mostly from the joints in their jaws. That is treatable in a variety of different ways. Most of those ways are relatively simple, actually. Repositioning of the way that their teeth bite together is enormously helpful for most of those patients, in addition to building some sort of a grinding or a bite guard, something that they can wear at night. Sometimes people are grinding really terribly in their sleep or just clenching. They don't even have to be just grinding, they can be clenching.
I have patients who only clench when they drive. There's lots of different parts of people's lives where they can excessively wear that joint. It can cause you quite a bit of pain. Most of the time, we can readjust the way the teeth close together and make them a lot more comfortable.
To fix that, we really spend a lot of time looking at the way their teeth close together and trying to alter the shape and the sizes of the teeth so that their jaws fit together and the joint goes back into a more comfortable position for them. Once we adjust the bite to do that, then we can usually get rid of 75 to 95% of the pain that they have.
For example, it puts a lot of pressure on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects your jaw to your skull’s temporal bones. This can cause a condition called TMJ disorder, which in turn causes an aching jaw, headaches, and other painful symptoms.
We never want you to suffer – and you don’t have to! Dr. Scott Krosser can relieve your pain with custom mouthguards and other treatments.
Many people get relief with custom-designed day guards or night guards that will:
- Prevent you from grinding your teeth
- Cushion your jaw to alleviate strain and discomfort
- Realign your bite, if necessary
Do you think you might have bruxism and/or TMJ disorder? Call Millburn Dental Arts at (973) 957-1604.
Diagnosing And Treating Your TMJ Disorder
Diagnosing TMJ disorder can be tricky. Fortunately, Dr. Krosser has received special training from the respected Pankey Institute. He’ll thoroughly examine your mouth, neck, and jaws using technology like our digital X-rays, and he’ll check your bite for signs of trouble.
Often, he will recommend a night guard or day guard for relief. If a custom mouthguard doesn’t solve the problem, Dr. Krosser may recommend an occlusal adjustment, which involves reshaping some of your teeth to improve their alignment. As with many other procedures performed in our Millburn, NJ dentist office, he can use lasers, so the treatment is quick and painless.
Fixing Dental Damage From Teeth Grinding
If bruxism has worn down your teeth, or even caused cracks or breaks, we can repair them with cosmetic and/or restorative dentistry services. Options include:
- Dental inlays and onlays. These restorations, which fix damage that is too extensive for a tooth filling but not extensive enough for a dental crown, can also repair cracks and minor fractures.