Teeth-Grinding and Chronic Jaw Pain

Your jaw joints and muscles are responsible for your bite’s ability to function, and when they’re in pain, that function can be compromised. Often attributed to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, chronic jaw pain is frequently accompanied by pain in your facial muscles, soreness in your neck and shoulder muscles, and recurring migraines, to name just a few symptoms. It’s also often attributed to a related condition, bruxism, which is the uncontrollable grinding of your upper and lower teeth. Bruxism and TMJ disorder can wreak havoc with your bite’s function and lead to a wide range of symptoms until treated. Fortunately, both conditions can often be treated with appropriate care from your dentist, and in many cases, that treatment can be as simple as wearing a custom-made oral appliance while you sleep.

Comfortable Bite Appliances

TMJ disorder describes damage to one or both of your jaw’s joints, and is typically caused by excessive strain or an injury to your jaw. While there are many potential causes for this strain, many patients can blame it on bruxism and the worn down surfaces of their teeth that occur as a result. For many patients, this imbalance can be addressed with a custom-designed oral appliance. Using advanced imaging technology, your dentist can carefully map the imbalance in your bite and design an appliance that helps your jaw rest more comfortably. You can wear the appliance when you sleep at night, and by sticking to your dentist’s recommendations, it can help your jaw correct its alignment and alleviate your discomfort.

Schedule a Bruxism/TMJ Evaluation Today

If you suffer from teeth-grinding, chronic jaw pain, facial discomfort, and difficulty biting and chewing, then customized TMJ treatment can be the best way for you to find lasting relief. To learn more, schedule a TMJ evaluation by calling Bailey Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, today at (816) 452-9700. Located in the Northland, our dental office also proudly serves patients who live in Liberty, Gladstone, Riverside, Parkville, Smithville, and all surrounding communities.