The temporomandibular joint is the hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. This joint allows you to move your jaw up and down and side to side. Problems with your jaw and the muscles that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). One of the main causes of TMD is teeth grinding, or bruxism. Teeth grinding often happens during sleep, so people are often unaware that they do it. If you have a constant, dull headache or a sore jaw, you may be grinding your teeth. Besides TMD, bruxism can cause worn down teeth, broken teeth, and tooth loss. In severe cases, it can also result in hearing loss. If you are grinding your teeth, Dr. Jorge Bastidas may recommend a night guard.
Our dentist uses custom-fitted night guards to protect teeth from the effects of bruxism. Dr. Jorge Bastidas will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is molded over the impression. You will then simply wear the night guard while you sleep. Protecting your teeth with the use of a night guard can prevent the need for dental procedures like bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, and dentures.
We encourage you to contact Comfort Dental Care today to learn more about treatment for the TMJ in Paterson, New Jersey, and to schedule an appointment.