TMJ FAQs: Finding Solutions to Jaw Pain
Sensitive teeth, jaw clenching, and teeth grinding can all be indicators of a serious health condition, like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. At Astoria Dental Group in Queens, our dentists have the training and equipment needed to properly diagnose the unique cause of your symptoms. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Sensitive teeth can be caused by a range of factors. The porous part of the tooth, called dentin, is the region that registers pain, and dentin can become exposed due to:
- Fractured or chipped teeth
- Teeth injured by clenching or grinding
- Receding gums caused by gum disease or improper brushing
How can sensitive teeth be managed?
Pain from sensitive teeth often comes and goes, but if you experience constant pain, you may have a more serious problem.
There are many effective treatments for sensitive teeth, including:
- A soft-bristle toothbrush to prevent gum irritation
- Toothpaste designed to insulate the nerve that registers pain
- A fluoride rinse or gel, available at Astoria Dental Group
If you have sensitive teeth, visit Astoria Dental Group to discuss your symptoms. We can help determine the cause of your pain and develop a course of treatment.
What are the causes of bruxism (teeth grinding)?
Teeth grinding can be caused by a range of factors; often, both emotional and physical factors are involved. Causal factors can include stress, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth.
How can bruxism be treated?
Once the cause or causes of bruxism are determined, your dentist can develop a course of treatment. Treatment methods may include:
- Relaxation techniques if stress is at the root of the problem
- Physical therapy
- Muscle relaxants
- A plastic tooth guard to wear at night during sleep
Bruxism can cause serious pain and headaches, as well as dangerous wear on the teeth. In severe cases, restorative dentistry techniques such as inlays or porcelain crowns are needed to rebuild teeth damaged by bruxism. Therefore, it is crucial to seek treatment for bruxism early to avoid waking up with headaches or jaw pain.
Going to the dentist does not have to be associated with anxiety and discomfort! At Astoria Dental Group, our dentists take several steps to make sure our patients are relaxed and comfortable while receiving the best in modern dental care.
What are the treatment applications for BOTOX® Therapeutic?
Though BOTOX® treatments are best-known for eliminating wrinkles and fine lines on the face, the muscle-relaxing properties of this compound make it useful in dental treatment as well. At Astoria Dental Group, we use BOTOX® Therapeutic injections to relax the temporomandibular (jaw) joint to treat TMJ disorder, teeth grinding, and clenching.
BOTOX® Therapeutic injections are useful in dental implant surgery — especially one-day implants — because BOTOX® injections can reduce the stress put on a new dental implant. Dr. Degel regularly uses BOTOX® Therapeutic injections as the last stage of the immediate dental implant process to reduce stress on the new implant so it can become properly integrated with the jaw bone.
Get Answers to More TMJ FAQs
If you suffer from sensitive teeth, or are exhibiting symptoms of TMJ disorder, we can help. Left untreated, these conditions can have a devastating effect on your oral and general health. Schedule a consultation with us today to undergo an examination and learn more about appropriate treatment options.