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TMJ Disorder & Bruxism 2016-01-11T16:48:16+00:00

TMJ Disorder & Bruxism

Eliminate Grinding and Clenching Fast with Pain-Free Non-Surgical TMJ Treatment Therapy

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

TMJ

TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint.” It is the hinge or joint of the jaw. It gets its name from the two bones it joins: the upper temporal bone which is part of the cranium (skull), and the lower jawbone or mandible. Pain or dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint is commonly referred to as “TMJ”, but TMJ is also the name of the joint. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (or dysfunction) is the proper term used to refer to a group of problems involving the TMJs and the muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and other tissues associated with them.

Painful TMJ disorders can occur if:

  • The disk erodes or moves out of its proper alignment
  • The joint’s cartilage is damaged by arthritis
  • The joint is damaged by a blow or other impact
  • The person has a condition called bruxism

Bruxism

Bruxism (BRUK-siz-um) is a condition in which you grind, gnash, or clench your teeth. It is an unhealthy habit that as much as 30% of all people do. It also is commonly done in one’s sleep. Consequently, the effects of “bruxing” can be surprising because the person is simply unaware he or she is is doing something to cause a problem. This grinding or clenching involves moving the jaw with the teeth held together. This results in substantial visible wear and flattening of the teeth as well as the following:

  • Tired jaw muscles or hurting TM joints upon awakeningTeeth of a bruxism patient
  • Tenderness of the jaw muscles of the jaw joints
  • Locking of the jaw and tendency to bite cheeks, lips, or tongue
  • Cheek muscles which are larger or more developed on one side than the other
  • Broken or chipped teeth or fillings
  • Front teeth worn down so they are flat and even in length
  • Teeth that have notches or indentations at the gum line
  • Teeth which seem shortened or worn down
  • Gum recession, due to pressure on the gum line
  • Micro-cracks and broken fillings, eventually leading to nerve damage
  • Teeth ground down to the dentin, causing sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Loose teeth, caused by the rocking effect of bruxing, and gum pockets, also produced by the back-and-forth rocking effect
  • Headaches and aching jaws due to overuse of muscles

Bruxism normally does not occur consistently but rather occurs episodically during certain periods or times of a person’s life.

The Cause of Bruxism

The exact cause of bruxism is not known. However, it has been thought to be associated with several factors such as daytime stress, anxiety, obstructive sleep apnea, loud snoring, heavy alcohol use, caffeine, smoking, and certain antidepressant drugs. Recently, studies have shown that bruxing episodes during sleep are preceded by an increase of brain activity and heart rate. This suggests that central nervous system factors may play a important role in the initiation of bruxing.

Treatment

Dr. Gashinsky offers an innovative new method for treating the effects of bruxism, TMJ, frequent headaches, migraines, and tension headaches, helping patients become pain free and saving not only teeth but also preventing extensive and costly dental work.

TMJ Treatment Offers You Many Benefits:

  • Fast TMJ Pain Relief – Usually within just a few days your TMJ pain will be completely eliminated (or significantly reduced). You’ll feel better during the day and be more productive.
  • Safe, healthy and BPA-Free1.
  • Fully-customized solution specifically designed for your mouth and your specific situation.
  • Easy and Comfortable to Wear – Your TMJ treatment device is a small, easy to wear guard that you’ll quickly get used to. You won’t even know it’s there after a couple of days.
  • A Pain-Free Treatment – Fitting your TMJ treatment night guard is a painless procedure requiring no drugs, shots, or surgery.
  • This treatment eliminates the intense teeth clenching and muscular irritation that can cause TMJ and chronic headache pain. 82% of migraine sufferers have realized a 77% reduction in the number of migraines they get regularly with this device.

1BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. It is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles. Epoxy resins are used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans, bottle tops, and water supply lines. Some dental sealants and composites also may contain BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants, and children.

 

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