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Many patients who visit our St. Paul TMJ Dentist office come to us with the very basic question, “What is TMJ?” They may have been experiencing what seem to be symptoms of TMJ such as pain in the face, jaw and head as well as neck aches. TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.)

Painful symptoms such as headaches, tooth, and neck pain are a result of excessive pressure on the Temporomandibular joint. This is caused by damage resulting from decay or trauma, causing uneven surfaces on your teeth. This can result in an unbalanced bite that puts abnormal amounts of stress on the TMJ.

If your TMJ symptoms include a clicking or popping noise in the jaw, this is actually the sound of the joint breaking down. The sound is caused by cartilage in the joint becoming permanently malformed from prolonged overuse. You may also experience soreness in facial muscles as a result of continued stress. Another of the common TMJ symptoms is ear congestion or ringing in the ears.

So exactly what does TMJ treatment consist of? If your symptoms are caused by an improper bite, the team at our St. Paul TMJ Dentist can create a custom-made mouth guard is designed to reposition the TMJ and surrounding muscle into a relaxed position. The mouth guard will stop the pain and return the mouth to a stable, comfortable position.

If you believe that the symptoms you are experiencing are related to TMJ, contact our office Teeth grinding, headaches, and neck or jaw pain can be eliminated with the proper TMJ treatment. We will arrange a consultation with our dentist to discuss your situation and explain possible options, including a custom mouth guard. Chronic TMJ pain does not have to take over your life.


Do you grind your teeth? Many people do without being aware that it’s happening. When looking for treatments for chronic teeth grinding, patients at our Highland Park, MN TMJ Dentistry office have multiple options which may be appropriate. Our goal is to work with you until we find the method that is most effective for your specific needs and provides a long-term solution to chronic teeth grinding.

Do over-the-counter solutions work? 

We know that our patients are looking for the best solution to their problem that is also the most cost effective and fits their budget. If you want to achieve the best possible results, you really need to consider the quality of the results achieved.

There are generic over-the-counter products that claim to reduce teeth grinding. They may be tempting because they seem to be cost-effective, but they may not be enough to truly solve your teeth grinding problem.

At Highland Park, MN TMJ Dentistry we want you to have all the information you need, so Here are some things to keep in mind before purchasing mouth guards from your local pharmacy or supermarket.

Since mouth guards purchased over the counter are not custom-fit, they often slip and shift during the night. Unfortunately this may cause more problems than it solves.

Mouth guards purchased from your local pharmacy are just not very durable. If you persistently grind your teeth you will likely need to replace the mouth guard frequently.

Mouth guards only reduce the symptoms of bruxism. They do not cure it. 

Cost-Effective Treatment Options

The most effective treatment for you might include a custom appliance, stress relief, dental restorations, or some combination of these treatments. Whichever option we decide best suits your needs it will prevent any further damage to your teeth due to grinding or clenching.

These treatments will also gradually train you to be aware of the habit. This in turn will decrease your tendency to do so. The goal is to eventually eliminate the problem causing your bruxism. In the long-term the best solution is one that solves the underlying problem and doesn't just reduce symptoms.

Please Contact us to Arrange a Consultation 

If you are experiencing the symptoms of teeth grinding or clenching, please contact our office. We will schedule a consultation with our dentist to discuss your situation and the best treatment options for you.

At our St. Paul TMJ Dentist office we see patients who complain about chronic pain in the jaw, head or neck, common symptoms of TMJ, a common disorder that affects many people. Most are unaware that these aches and pains are related to TMJ.

The Cause Behind TMJ Symptoms

Painful symptoms such as headaches, tooth, and neck pain are a result of excessive pressure on the temporomandibular joint. This is caused by damage from decay or trauma, causing uneven surfaces on your teeth. This can result in an unbalanced bite that puts abnormal amounts of stress on the jaw joint.

If you hear a clicking or popping noise in the jaw, when you open your mouth, this is actually the sound of the joint gradually deteriorating. The sound is caused by cartilage in the joint becoming permanently malformed from prolonged overuse.

You may also experience soreness in facial muscles as a result of continued stress. Another of the common TMJ symptoms is ear congestion or ringing in the ears.

Effective TMJ Treatment

So exactly what does TMJ treatment consist of? If your symptoms are caused by an improper bite, the team at our St. Paul TMJ Dentist office can create a custom-made mouth guard is designed to reposition the joint and surrounding muscle into a relaxed position. The mouth guard will stop the pain and return the mouth to a stable, comfortable position.

Chronic TMJ pain does not have to take over your life. Teeth grinding, headaches, and neck or jaw pain can be eliminated with the proper treatment.

If you believe that the symptoms you are experiencing are related to TMJ, please contact our office. We will arrange a consultation with our dentist to discuss your situation and explain possible options, including a custom mouth guard.

 

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