Conditions such as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) and bruxism can cause unwanted wear and tear on the natural teeth and dental restorations. In addition, they can cause patients pain and discomfort. These conditions are easily diagnosed with the help of a dental professional such as Drs. Hiebert and Smith, and can be addressed with oral appliance therapy.
Understanding TMD and bruxism
TMD is the dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint. This joint hinges the jaw so it can open and close for speaking and eating. However, sometimes the joint and the muscles around it can become problematic for a patient, and can cause pain, locking, and clicking. In addition, it often cohabitates with a condition known as bruxism, which is unwanted clenching and grinding of the teeth at night while sleeping. Both conditions can be uncomfortable for patients, but can be treated with the help of a dentist at Hiebert Smith Dental Group
Neuromuscular dentistry solutions
One of the most popular methods of reducing the tension of the jaw joint and protecting the natural teeth and restorations from damage from bruxism is the use of an oral appliance. Oral appliance therapy is ideal because it is easily achieved and comfortable. Patients wear these plastic mouth guards in the mouth while they sleep—or during the day if the condition is severe—to protect the teeth and also help realign the jaw properly. It also relieves tension that can be caused by these conditions, cushioning the jaw joint appropriately. Most patients with these conditions can ask about oral appliance therapy as a solution to their problem, instead of dealing with more invasive solutions such as surgery. Surgery is often the only option for more severe cases of TMD.
Find out if neuromuscular dentistry can help you!
If you have been diagnosed with conditions such as TMD or bruxism, you may want to find out more about neuromuscular dentistry and how it can help improve your quality of life and address pain and discomfort. Call the office today at (503) 397-6144 and schedule an appointment at the practice, conveniently located at 1550 Saint Helens Street in Saint Helens, OR.