TMJ & Bruxism Treatment

If you wake up every morning with headaches or pain in your neck, jaw, or shoulders, there is a good chance that you have a teeth grinding habit, also called bruxism. The chronic daily pain that results from teeth grinding or jaw joint problems drains your spirit every day and eventually impacts your quality of life. 

Dr. Danielle Leonardi offers conservative TMJ pain relief and teeth grinding treatment for patients in Goffstown who want to end their daily discomfort and get back to living a full and rewarding life. 

The Difference Between TMJ and TMD

Your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is one of the most-used joints in your body. Just like a shoulder or knee joint, your TMJ can become sore from overuse. In the case of your jaw joint, overuse typically occurs due to clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep.

Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD is the term we use to refer to recurring pain or dysfunction or pain that involves the TMJ. 

TMJ Pain and Teeth Grinding

Your TMJ is a complex joint because it not only moves up and down but also from side to side. Teeth grinding is very common and is usually the result of stress or intense concentration and is also a side effect of many prescription medications.

However, chronic teeth grinding and clenching places excess force on your teeth and your TMJ. Teeth grinding may be related to broken or damaged teeth, tooth loss, or a malocclusion referred to as a bad dental bite. You may grind your teeth only at night, while others do so all throughout their day.

Learn the Symptoms of TMJ and Teeth Grinding

Signs that you might have TMD include: 

  • Popping or clicking noises in the jaw
  • Chronic headaches, including migraines
  • Pain in your TMJ, or jaw joint
  • Difficulty opening and closing the jaw
  • Broken teeth and dental wear
  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ears

If one or more of these symptoms is taking over your life, call Glen Lake Dental, so our dentist in Goffstown can provide the conservative TMJ and teeth grinding treatment you need. 

Treating Bruxism & TMJ

Life is too short to spend a day longer than necessary in pain, and we want to help you get the relief you need. We offer a simple, non-invasive oral appliance that provides relief and eases the painful symptoms of TMJ problems and teeth grinding. 

Dr. Leonardi will first need to complete a comprehensive evaluation at our Goffstown dental office that includes a head and neck exam to determine your general oral health and x-rays so she can take a look at your jaw joints. The goal of treatment for teeth grinding and TMJ is to decrease jaw pain, increase function, and minimize the impact that your symptoms have on your everyday life. 

Since teeth grinding commonly occurs during sleep, an easy and affordable solution is a customized nightguard to wear at night. The guard fits comfortably over your teeth and is designed to absorb the force of excessive teeth grinding. Your teeth cannot come into contact with each other, so your jaw joint has a chance to rest and recover. 

Please Call So We Can Help

You don't have to live in constant pain. Dr. Danielle Leonardi offers teeth grinding treatment and solutions for patients in Goffstown, Manchester, New Boston, and surrounding communities. Please call us so we can help relieve your pain and restore your quality of life.