Around this time of year, our anxieties tend to be at their yearly peak. The holidays can exacerbate a sleep disorder and lead to more damage than usual. For patients who suffer from temporomandibular joint syndrome, their symptoms may flare up near the end of the year. TMJ often contributes to a disorder known as bruxism which is the grinding, clenching or gnashing of teeth.
These oft-connected conditions can cause repeated stress at the location of collision. During your sleep, you could be eroding your enamel. When you shorten your incisors and flatten your molars through bruxism the loss of enamel can expose the interior of the tooth. Before your sleep disorder harms your teeth, speak to your Cerritos, CA dentist about the possibility of a non-surgical approach. Keep your smile looking fresh and staying safe!
Signs Your Jaw Needs Assistance
Patients with TMJ and related bruxism might not be fully aware of their condition. Even those who have a diagnosis might not comprehend the full scope of its destruction. Do not be fooled, however, as these concerns can dangerously erode your enamel.
Joint disorders involving the jaw can show symptoms that might not be immediately obvious. These can be as vague as nagging, persistent headaches and neck tightness from overly-tense muscles. If you notice that you have discomfort in your face when you immediately wake up, this could be a sign that your sleep is disordered.
TMJ Relates To Bruxism
If your TMJ has become moderate to severe, it can lead to an imbalance in your smile. When certain areas begin to take on a disproportionate amount of wear, it can lead to the dental erosion at that location. When the joint is inflamed, it can irritate the nerve and cause an unconscious clenching of the jaw.
Bruxism is a serious condition that causes repeated wear to the tops of the teeth. Not only can it damage the enamel, but the continued movement can push your alignment. Repetitive grinding can lead to an asymmetrical face and misaligned smile.
An Available Non-Surgical Option
Patients who struggle with TMJ might put off treatment if they find that it is too invasive or time-consuming. There is a possible solution that does not rely upon surgery, however, and it can save you time and money in the long-run.
Custom-fitted night guards are a soft cushion between the jaws that prevents the serious damage caused by TMJ-related bruxism. By limiting this movement, it may relieve some of the inflammation related to your jaw, as well, allowing yourself to relax a little bit more. Bring your smile back into balance!
Call Dr. Hofkes Today for A Bruxism Consultation
If you are struggling with TMJ and related bruxism, you are not alone. Learn more about a non-surgical approach to treatment by contacting us today in Cerritos, CA at 562-584-4082. A night guard may help you rest easy!