Sometimes we get patients coming in with some tension in the head and neck area, and they don't know what's been causing it. One of the first things we do, if we see any wear on their teeth, is get them a mirror so we can see exactly what we see to make sure that we are getting down to the underlying cause of their issues. A lot of times, it is because they have some degree of bruxism, or grinding of the teeth or clenching. That leads to a lot of soreness in the neck and jaw area.
One of the ways we correct this in the least invasive treatment possible is by recommending occlusal guards. That's something that the patient wears at nighttime to protect their teeth from further wear and also protect their joint from further damage. This also means that they're going to have a much more comfortable experience in the morning when they wake up because they're not going to be waking up with soreness in their jaw or headaches, leading to a much better day.
Our dentists at Martins Dental Partners can help you with far more than your teeth. If you have a chronic jaw ache, it may be caused by a problem with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). If it is, you can get Beverly TMJ treatment from us. Our dentists will fit you for a customized mouthguard that will take pressure off your jaw. A mouthguard will:
- Relieve your jaw and facial pain
- Allow you to enjoy normal jaw function again
- Stop you from grinding your teeth, which can not only contribute to TMJ problems but also damage your teeth
To find out how we can relieve your TMJ pain, call Martins Dental Partners at 978-288-1946.
Start With Conservative Treatment for TMJ PainRelieve headaches and discomfort from stress Read Transcript
So because of some recent events, a lot of our patients have had some significant life stresses going on. And I've seen a pattern in my patients, where some of the symptoms that they're reporting are centered around pain on multiple teeth, on one or both sides, neck pain, headaches, but they call the dentist reporting pain on teeth. But when I do my examination, I noticed that there is nothing wrong with the teeth themselves. And all of these symptoms that patients are reporting are really a result of stress and clenching. So what we talk about is some immediate treatment they can do with massage, ice packs, some anti-inflammatory and sometimes even muscle relaxer, depending on the severity. But at the end of the day, to maintain that, we focus on providing a custom occlusal guard in order to alleviate some of the symptoms from bruxism.
Though some dentists will recommend orthodontic or even surgical treatment for TMJ pain, we believe starting with the most conservative options is best. In addition to providing you with a custom mouthguard, we can use a safe facial relaxant to relieve pressure on your TMJ and surrounding muscles. This method of treatment is often effective and doesn’t require making any permanent changes to your jaw. It’s more affordable than more complicated treatments too.
Find Out If You Suffer From TMJ Symptoms
How do you know if you have a TMJ disorder, or TMD? See our dentists right away if you are experiencing these TMJ symptoms:
- A locked jaw that makes it tough to open or close your mouth
- A painful jaw
- Chronic headaches
- A grating sensation when you chew
- Difficulty and/or pain when chewing
- Persistent earaches
We’ll also look for signs of teeth grinding and jaw problems during your regular dental exams. In addition to grinding, other conditions that can cause TMJ trouble include arthritis, a jaw injury, and certain connective tissue diseases.
Interested in TMJ treatment in Beverly? Call 978-288-1946 today. Our office is conveniently located in the Cabot Street neighborhood near Odd Fellows’ Hall, Independence Park, and Lyons Park.