TMJ and Bruxism Therapy – Beachwood, OH
Stop Chronic Jaw Pain in its Tracks!
Have you ever woken up from a deep night of sleep only to experience chronic jaw, neck or upper back pain? As you brush your teeth, have you noticed that some of your teeth appear “filed down” but are not sure why? As a holistic dentist, Dr. Hornstein is aware of the many ways in which a dental problem can manifest into a much larger issue that affects your quality of life. If you experience these symptoms or other problems mentioned on this page, please call The Center for Advanced Dentistry to schedule an appointment. We can perform a thorough examination and provide recommendations for treatment.
What is TMJ and Bruxism?
The TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, which is a pair of joints that connect the skull to the lower jaw. These joints are responsible for the many complex movements your jaw makes while chewing, yawning and performing other basic tasks. Long-term stress on this joint can result in TMJ disorder or TMD. Bruxism is a condition that involves involuntary grinding or clenching of the teeth. This condition can easily develop as a result of stress, but it’s more likely to develop due to an uneven bite, known as a malocclusion.
While it may not seem obvious at first, the implications behind TMJ and bruxism are even more serious than you could imagine. Pain or dysfunction related to the way your bite comes together or how your joints move can directly influence neighboring areas of your body. For example, an uneven bite can put more stress on your muscles as well, which leads to chronic pain and worn-down enamel. The joints responsible for your basic chewing functions can become overworked, forcing the muscles in your jaw, neck and shoulders to overcompensate. Furthermore, TMJ problems are generally caused by sleep apnea, a chronic condition that affects your ability to get a good night’s sleep.
What are the Symptoms of TMJ and Bruxism?
If your bite is uneven and your TMJ experiences disproportionate amounts of stress, it can lead to many issues down the road. Just a few of these symptoms include:
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Clicking or locking of the jaw
- Jaw, neck, shoulder and upper back pain
- Clenching and grinding of the teeth
- Erosion of the upper and lower teeth
- Earaches and ringing in the ears
- Waking up tired or drowsy even after going to bed early
How Can Our Office Help?
Thankfully, Dr. Hornstein practices neuromuscular dentistry as part of his mission to provide effective holistic dentistry to the Beachwood, Cleveland, Shaker Heights, Solon, Pepper Pike and other neighboring communities in Ohio. When you visit our office, our team can perform a thorough examination of your jaw and its mobility. We will go over a number of options proven to ease the symptoms caused by TMJ disorder and bruxism. With the help of a sleep test, which we can provide in-office, we can also differentiate true TMJ problems and sleep apnea to create a more comprehensive diagnosis.
One of the most common solutions to TMJ and bruxism symptoms is an orthotic device. This is typically worn while you sleep to reduce teeth grinding and stress on the jaw. Other non-surgical treatment options include neuromuscular massages and the use of a TENS unit. This machine administers electrical currents that interrupt the pain response triggered by TMJ disorder and bruxism. In the event that these treatments are not enough, you’ll receive a referral to another trusted medical or dental specialist for further consideration.