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. The joint and muscles can cause pain, lock, and click. 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 they can receive treatment 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 a solution that patients can easily access and it is comfortable. Patients wear these plastic mouth guards in the mouth while they sleep, or during the day for severe cases, to protect the teeth and realign the jaw properly. It also relieves tension that is a result of these conditions, cushioning the jaw joint appropriately. Most patients with these conditions can ask about oral appliance therapy as a solution to their problem. With severe cases, surgery is often the only solution.
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.