Are you experiencing pain or clicking in your jaw joint? Are you finding it hard to do daily activities such as chewing and talking? Do you suffer from headaches as a result of clenching and grinding your teeth?At Burnside Dental Practice, we offer TMD treatment in Adelaide for patients experiencing symptoms of TMD. We can help you from the symptoms of TMD, including jaw clenching treatment, bruxism headache treatment and teeth clenching treatment.
Bruxism is when you unconsciously grind your teeth. This usually occurs at night, though some people also grind their teeth during the day often during stressful periods. While you might be unaware of grinding your dentist will often notice signs of bruxism during regular visits. Symptoms of bruxism include.
1. Abnormal teeth wear and chipped teeth
2. Sensitive teeth caused by enamel wear
3. Pain and tension in the jaw and ears
It’s difficult to diagnose the cause of bruxism, but often it is related to misalignment of the teeth, stress or anxiety. Bruxism is a serious disorder that can lead to severe damage to the teeth and enamel, constant pain in the jaw and ears and could even cause the loss of a tooth.
TMD and bruxism are often used interchangeably to describe similar symptoms that affect the temporomandibular joint, but there is a difference between the two. Bruxism refers to grinding and clenching of the teeth, which is a symptom that TMD sufferers often experience. It’s possible for to someone to experience both TMD and bruxism, although not everyone with bruxism may suffer from TMD. At Burnside Dental Practice, we offer jaw and teeth clenching treatment that can provide relief for both bruxism and TMD.
The main cause of TMD is currently unknown, however there are certain contributing factors that may make a person more likely to experience TMD. These factors can include:
The symptoms of TMD can vary from individual to individual. Some of the most common symptoms that cause people to seek out TMD treatment include:
Trying to stop clenching your teeth can be difficult if you’re not aware when you’re doing it. For this reason, it’s important to become consciously aware of when teeth clenching is occurring so you can correct the behaviour. Reducing stress can also be helpful. It’s recommended that you take a few minutes for yourself every hour to relax your facial muscles and practice mindfulness. If you suspect that you’re clenching your teeth in your sleep (i.e. you’re waking up with a teeth clenching headache), our dentist can provide teeth clenching treatment with a custom nightguard.
The cost of TMD treatment will ultimately depend on which treatment option is required. Before proceeding with a teeth or jaw clenching treatment, our dentist will explain all costs involved to you. Insurance may cover part or all of the cost of TMD and bruxism treatment, so it’s worth enquiring with your health insurance provider.