Do you find yourself regularly waking up with jaw pain and a headache? Have you noticed an increase in tooth sensitivity or that your molars are starting to look worn down and misshapen? You may be suffering from nighttime teeth grinding and clenching.!
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
One of the most common dental issues associated with nighttime teeth grinding and clenching is temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD occurs when the temporomandibular joints are damaged or malfunctioning. TMD can cause muscles spasms, migraines, facial pain, teeth grinding, clenching, lockjaw, popping jaw, earaches, tooth sensitivity, and more.
What Happens If Grinding & Clenching Goes Untreated?
We understand that visiting the dentist can be intimidating. However, you do not want to let your dental problems go untreated. If you don’t start a treatment plan for your teeth grinding and clenching, it can wreak havoc on your smile. Grinding and clenching can:
- Cause Chronic Jaw Pain, Stress Fractures & Joint Degeneration
- Crack & Break Teeth
- Destroy Surface of Molars
- Lead to Severe Migraines, Facial Pain & Muscular Tightness
- Wear Down Tooth Enamel & Increase Sensitivity
Treatment for TMD
It can be hard to stop yourself from grinding and clenching, especially when it happens as you sleep. At Seaport Family Dentistry, we offer treatments to help combat symptoms and give patients the relief they deserve! We design custom Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression Systems, also known as NTI-TSS. These appliances keep the upper and lower jaw separated while you sleep and help reposition the jaw to enhance comfort and relieve pressure off the jaw joints. Our NTI-TSS appliances can help eliminate grinding, clenching, and chronic migraines.
Schedule Your Consultation!
Are you dealing with pain and tooth sensitivity associated with grinding and clenching? Our team can help you get back to a healthy, fully-functioning smile. Please contact Seaport Family Dentistry today to schedule your consultation!