For dental patients who suffer with a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), commonly called TMJ, the added stress of the holiday season can increase teeth grinding and other symptoms of TMJ.
Stress is a common factor in TMJ, frequently causing patients to clench their jaw or teeth, grind their teeth and experience increased tension in the jaw and the temporomandibular joint (the TMJ).
At Apex Dental in Northborough, Dr. Bob Gauthier offers TMJ therapy for the treatment of TMD and bite related disorders that often result in tooth grinding. Dr. Gauthier has extensive post graduate education and specialized training in the treatment of bite disorders such as TMJ. The successful treatment of TMJ can be complex and providing long term results relies on the proper diagnosis of the underlying imbalance in the bite. Dr. Gauthier uses a digital technology to evaluate a patient’s bite. Dr. Gauthier will also perform a thorough evaluation of a patients entire occlusal system to determine where there is an imbalance before creating a customized treatment plan.
There are a wide variety of procedures and treatments that can be used for TMD, starting with the use of a night guard to prevent teeth grinding. This conservative approach is often effective in relieving the symptoms of TMJ and preventing damage to the teeth or TMJ.
For patients who have damaged teeth- either from the TMD or as a root cause- Dr. Gauthier may recommend a restorative procedure to realign the teeth. This may involve reshaping the teeth with tooth bonding or crowns, realigning the teeth with orthodontics, or replacing missing teeth. All of these possible treatments will restore balance in the occlusal system.
TMJ can often be painful and affect a patient’s lifestyle: disrupted sleep, headaches, painful chewing are frequent complaints. Don’t let the symptoms of TMJ take the fun out of your holiday season- schedule a consultation with Dr. Gauthier at Apex Dental and restore your oral health!