What is bruxism?
If you wake up with sore jaw muscles or headache, may be suffering from bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching). Bruxism can cause teeth to become painful or loose, and sometimes literally ground and wear, in addition to causing joint problems such as temporal mandibular joint syndrome.
How do I know if I have bruxism?
For most people, bruxism is an unconscious habit. You may not realize it does until someone comments that horrible grinding sound while sleeping. You can also discover the dental visit because their teeth are worn or fractured enamel.
Bruxism may show signs such as facial pain, head and neck. Your dentist can diagnose and determine the cause of this pain is bruxism.
How is bruxism treated?
Proper treatment depends on knowing what is causing the problem. With specific questions and a dental exam, your dentist will determine the potential of bruxism and according to tooth damage and its likely cause, may suggest to use a dental splint while sleeping, prepared by your dentist exact fit in your mouth, is placed on their superiors (sometimes on the bottom) and protects them from grinding against the lower teeth. While the splint is an excellent way to treat bruxism, does not solve the problem.
Must find ways to relax, since stress seems to be the main cause of bruxism; anything that actually can help reduce stress, such as listening to music, reading, walking or taking a bath. You can also apply a hot, wet towel over your face to relieve muscle pain by clenching. Sometimes you have to tweak the articulation of the teeth, to prevent abnormal points of contact between them. An abnormal bite, where the teeth not articulate properly, can also be corrected with new fillings, crowns or orthodontics. A splint is used at night to protect your teeth, but does not solve the problem.
What is TMJ?
The mandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects the upper and lower jaw. When this joint has problems or does not work properly tenth world TMJ disorders.
This hinge is one of the most complex joints in the body, is responsible for moving the lower jaw forward, back and both sides. All problems that impede the normal work of this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones, are grouped under the name of TMJ. Often, TMJ clinically like your jaw is popping or “jam” for a few seconds. Often, it is impossible to determine the exact cause of this misalignment.
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
Alterations in ATM exhibit various symptoms and signs. It is difficult to know if one suffers from TMJ disorders or not, because its symptoms are also indicators of other problems. Your dentist will make a proper diagnosis by taking a complete medical and dental history, clinical examination and taking appropriate radiographs. Some symptoms of impaired common ATM are:
- Headaches (often mimicking migraines), earaches, and pain and pressure behind the eyes.
- A click-to open or close the mouth.
- Pain brought on by yawning, opening the mouth widely or chewing
- Jaws that “get stuck,” lock or go out of the place.
- Tenderness of the jaw muscles.
- A sudden change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit each other.
How is TMJ treated?
While there is no one single cure for TMJ, there are different treatments that reduce symptoms continue significantly. Your dentist may recommend one or more of the following suggestions:
- Trying to eliminate muscle spasm and pain by applying moist heat or taking aspirin or other pain relievers or counter anti-inflammatory.
- Use a bite plate to reduce the harmful effects of clenching and rechinarlos. Tailor-made for your mouth, plaque is placed on the upper teeth and keeps them from grinding the upper teeth against the lower.
- Learn relaxation techniques to help control muscle tension in the jaw. Your dentist may suggest consultation with a specialist to eliminate stress.
- When the jaw joints are affected and other treatments have failed to resolve the conflict, surgery is recommended.