Jaw clenching, tooth grinding (bruxism), or an improper bite can contribute to gum and tooth pain. Bruxism can also cause jaw popping, clicking, tenderness, and headaches. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is the medical name for a host of symptoms that arise due to the proximity of these joints to many muscles, nerves, connective tissues, and ligaments.
Occlusal Equilibration by Coronoplasty
Coronoplasty is the process of gently reshaping a patient’s tooth enamel, thus altering the size and shape of the teeth. This process will correct the patient’s bite. A misaligned bite is often the cause of bruxism. Coronoplasty is usually done in multiple appointments, based on individual needs.
Appliance Therapy (Night Guard)
Splints are used to treat patients with TMJ dysfunction, i.e. patients who suffer from local (neck, shoulder, or sinus) pain, clicking in the jaw joints, and pronounced malocclusion. Splints are also used to prevent excessive tooth wear, tooth mobility, and loss of tissue attachment.
Reestablishing Vertical Dimension (Rebuilding Occlusion)
If your teeth have been worn down or damaged because of bruxism, our dentists can restore or replace your teeth to rebuild your bite. Depending on your needs, we can provide dental crowns, dental bonding, dental implants, dental bridges or dentures.
Coordinating and Managing Complex Cases that Require Referral to Austin’s Best Head/Neck Specialists
In the case that you would receive better treatment in the hands of a specialist, we will coordinate the referral. We will let the specialist know your situation and needs so that they can better serve you.
We invite you to contact Barton Oaks Dental Group today to learn more about treatments for TMJ in Austin, Texas, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Neeley, Dr. Nemeth, Dr. Hayashi, Dr. Grimm, and Dr. Bradley.