Think you may suffer from bruxism and/or TMJ and need treatment? At Advanced Dentistry of Long Island we have vast experience diagnosing and treating both.
WHAT IS BRUXISM & WHAT IS ITS CAUSE?
Bruxism, or the unconscious grinding of your teeth, is the most frequent cause of TMJ problems. Bruxism can be the result of an injury but is usually due to the daily stresses of life. When left unchecked, bruxism can be devastating, leading to TMJ problems and causing erosion of the surface of your teeth, as well as loose teeth or even broken teeth.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE BRUXISM?
If you suspect that you have been grinding or clenching your teeth at night (or if you catch yourself doing it during the day) you probably have bruxism and should seek treatment. The first order of business is to call your Long Island dentist Dr. Herman. As Chief of the TMJ Division at North Shore University Hospital / Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Herman has special training in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders.
During your appointment Dr. Herman will interview you to find out what is going on in your life that could be the cause of your stress. Next, he will examine your mouth and look for signs of grinding such as worn-down teeth or teeth fracturing. From there, you will work together to build a personalized bruxism or TMJ treatment plan that works for you.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR BRUXISM AND TMJ?
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint in the jaw. When that joint becomes traumatized it can be the cause of tremendous pain, uncomfortable stiffness, and jaw locking.
Since bruxism and TMJ go hand in hand, the first step in treating the problem is awareness. You may be one of the lucky people who can stop grinding and clenching simply by becoming aware of it. However, in most cases you will need some help.
We fit most of our bruxism and TMJ patients with a special mouth guard (also called a night guard or a bruxism splint) that protects you from the harmful effects of grinding teeth while you’re asleep. Dr. Herman has invented an appliance for clenching and grinding called the Herman Appliance that is used at North Shore University Hospital / Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
In addition, we may also recommend relaxation techniques to ease your TMJ symptoms such as massage or meditation. Self-care exercises to do at home can release some pressure on the jaw joint, too. We may refer you to another professional such as a physical therapist specially trained in the field of bruxism and TMJ treatment.
We are here to serve all your dental needs. Call us at 516-921-8010 with questions about bruxism or TMJ, or to make an appointment to meet with Dr. Herman.