You might be looking forward to your favorite meal for lunch or dinner, but ongoing problems with your jaw can diminish this experience. After all, imagine trying to work your way through biting and chewing when your jaw motions are stiff, or limited. In some cases, jaw problems will worsen until you are finding it hard to speak without discomfort. Patients with these issues may be dealing with what is often referred to as TMJ dysfunction. Your dentist can examine your jaw, to look for why you are experiencing this discomfort. If your problems include a habit of clenching your jaw, your dentist can help prevent this from causing damage to your teeth.
Addressing TMJ Problems And Teeth Grinding With An Oral Appliance
The right oral appliance from your dentist can keep space between your upper and lower teeth, so that you do not grind them at night. There are also appliances that can adjust the position of your jaw, which will help by relaxing the joints, and reducing the awkwardness of its position.
Using Botox To Address TMJ Issues
For some people, Botox is nothing more than a way to reduce wrinkles, and make a person look younger. What you might not realize is that there are practical applications for it, too. Patients who have ongoing issues with TMJ and teeth grinding can receive an injection of Botox in order to stop their problems. Because this treatment relaxes the tension you carry in facial and jaw muscles, the ongoing pain you have been experiencing can reduce.
Talk To Modern Dentistry Of Shrewsbury If You Are Dealing With Stiff And Painful Jaw Movement
Pained, limited jaw movement is an indicator of possible TMJ dysfunction. If you are experiencing these symptoms, or if you have fallen into a habit of clenching your jaw (particularly at night), Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury can help. Our staff will carefully examine you in order to determine the root of your discomfort, and work to provide you with relief. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pizzi, Dr. Mehdi, and colleagues by calling our office at (508) 842-8838. Located in Shrewsbury, MA, we are honored to welcome patients from Worcester, North and South Grafton, Westborough, Southborough, Northborough, Boylston, Hopkinton, Millbury, and all surrounding communities.