TMJ, Clenching and Bruxism
Patients struggling with problems such as clenching the teeth, grinding the dental arches, or pain and discomfort around the jaw joint, may want to speak to a dental professional about their concerns and get a proper diagnosis of their condition.
Some patients may be dealing with a problem known as bruxism, which is a condition that causes them to clench and grind their teeth. Bruxism is known for causing wear and tear on the natural teeth while also affecting the longevity of restorations such as porcelain veneers and dental crowns. Patients who are experiencing grinding down of the natural tooth enamel or who are constantly replacing restorations that are breaking or coming loose, may want to speak to Dr. Yolanda Cintron about the possibility of bruxism.
The temporomandibular joint, also known as the jaw joint that holds the upper and lower jaw together, can become dysfunctional and cause pain and discomfort. It can also cause sore facial muscles, chronic headaches, earaches, jaws locking, and toothaches. When properly diagnosed as TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), patients can seek proper treatment with a dental professional at Go Natural Dentistry in Fort Lauderdale. Our practice provides a holistic approach to treatment and can offer patients with solutions that do not require surgical intervention unless problems are extremely severe.
For both bruxism and TMJ/TMD, patients may benefit from the use of an oral appliance. At Go Natural Dentistry, we use high quality plastics to fabricate custom oral appliances that can be worn to protect the teeth and provide a way for patients to reduce pain and discomfort. Bruxism can result in the wear, tear, and breakage of teeth and restorations, so by placing a mouth guard over the dental arch, this condition may still occur but will reduce damage. TMJ and TMD oral appliances can also help reduce the occurrence of headaches and pain, which can dramatically improve one’s quality of life.
Go Natural Dentistry is a faith-based practice in South Florida that assists patients with a variety of cosmetic, restorative, and general dental services and can help those who are new to the area or are searching for a better quality dentist that believes in offering holistic and biocompatible solutions to almost every dental concern.