Bruxism & Temporomadibular Joint Disorder
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism – a habit of grinding your teeth – is common among American adults. You may be grinding your teeth unknowingly, or while asleep at night.
As an experienced neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Ronald Konig can determine the cause of your bruxism. Then he can recommend the most effective way to put a stop to it and to restore the appearance and function of your smile. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Konig, please call 713-668-2289.
Symptoms of Bruxism
At the Konig Center for Cosmetic and Comprehensive Dentistry, we treat many different people suffering from the effects of bruxism. One of the most common causes of bruxism is a misaligned temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint is where the lower jaw connects to the skull; it allows you to move your jaw in all directions and provides you with the ability to speak and chew properly. A misaligned TMJ leads to a host of problems, including a tendency to grind your teeth.
The strain of grinding your teeth often causes pain and symptoms elsewhere:
- Jaw pain
- Worn teeth
- Neck pain
- Facial pain
Your body wants your TMJ to rest as comfortably as possible, and when you are suffering from a TMJ disorder, your body will work unconsciously to try to put the joint in its most relaxed position. Unfortunately, when your body attempts to put your TMJ into the most comfortable position possible, you may begin grinding your teeth.
Potential Tooth Damage from Bruxism
Bruxism is one of the worst things you can do to your teeth. Grinding can cause many different dental problems, such as:
- Broken and worn teeth
- Missing teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Crooked teeth
Once Dr. Konig has treated the source of your bruxism, he can then begin to restore the aesthetics of your smile with cosmetic dentistry.
Relief from Teeth Grinding
Depending on the exact cause and nature of your bruxism, treatment will most likely take one of the forms below:
Neuromuscular dentistry treatments. Bruxism resulting from a disorder of the TMJ will likely require neuromuscular dentistry treatment. During your consultation, Dr. Konig can explain how he will design your treatment to ensure proper alignment and function of the TMJs to eliminate neuromuscular tension and strain.
Custom nighttime mouth guard. If you grind your teeth at night while you sleep, a tailor-made mouth guard will prevent you from doing so by holding your teeth in the desired position.
The only way to know which treatment may be right for you is to visit Dr. Konig. You deserve to live free from the pain and tooth damage caused by bruxism.
If you have bruxism and if you are looking for a way to stop this involuntary habit, please call the dentistry office of Dr. Ronald Konig, DDS, FAGD, LVIF, FIAPA, at 713-668-2289. We will arrange a consultation for you to discuss your dental wellness with Dr. Konig in Houston, Texas.