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Protect Yourself Against Teeth Grinding

You can potentially do serious harm to your teeth if you have a habit of clenching your jaw. Unfortunately, people who suffer from a habit of teeth grinding (a condition known as bruxism) tend to grind them while sleeping. This means your unconscious habit can go on through the night, and you can wake up feeling discomfort in your face, jaw, and neck. You can also damage your teeth, even to the point that you will need restorative dental care. Your dentist can provide protection so that you do not suffer dental damage because of this condition.

A Special Mouth Guard Can Protect Your Teeth At Night
To stop teeth grinding from affecting the condition of your smile, your dentist can supply you with a mouth guard made to keep them free of damage. By wearing this mouth guard at night, you will ensure that you are not able to damage your teeth when your jaw attempts to clench while you sleep.

Addressing TMJ Pain
One issue that can develop because of bruxism is TMJ dysfunction, a problem with your jaw joint alignment. If this develops (or if TMJ problems have created your issue with bruxism), a special oral insert can be made to keep your jaw in a more comfortable position.

Taking Measures To Address Dental Damage
Dental damage incurred due to teeth grinding can be addressed through care from your dentist. Cosmetic dental work can cover up minor damages; however, if you put your teeth through enough strain to lead to more significant damage, you may require dental crowns for more severely damaged teeth.

Protection From Bruxism Damage Thanks To DaVinci Dentistry
You can count on expert care from DaVinci Dentistry when you come in for help with bruxism. You can receive a special mouth guard that stops you from damaging your teeth at night, and you can undergo whatever treatment is needed to address any dental damage. To arrange an appointment for yourself or a family member, call our Southlake, TX dental office today. We proudly provide care for patients in Southlake, as well as Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Keller, and the HEB corridor.

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TMD Dos and Dont’s

TMD pain treatment in SouthlakeIf you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), and the orofacial pain that comes with it, there are several things you can do — and avoid doing — that can help keep the severity of your symptoms at bay. After all, the pain associated with TMJ, ranging from difficulty chewing and talking to tenderness and aches around the ear and face, can get in the way with your ability to function to the best of your ability each day.

Here’s a closer look at some TMD dos and don’ts:

  • Do learn to stifle yawns by holding your tongue on the roof of your mouth, which limits how wide your mouth can open.
  • Do try to rest your jaw by allowing teeth to stay slightly apart, with your tongue relaxed and lips together. Clenching teeth together when you are nervous only aggravates the TMJ.
  • Do eat softer foods, and chew with both sides of your mouth.
  • Don’t chew gum for extended periods of time. Just take a couple minutes to freshen breath, so you don’t exhaust the jaw muscles.
  • Don’t clench your teeth when swallowing.
  • Don’t sleep on your stomach, which causes the jaw to be pressed into the pillow.

In addition to making some minor changes to your daily routine, you may need additional help with your TMD. At DaVinci Dentistry, we offer treatment for TMJ pain, which can range from night guards and dental splints to dental treatments that help adjust your bite. Talk to us today to set up an appointment and discuss your options: 817-251-9333.

 

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Recognizing TMJ Disorder Headaches: 5 Key Symptoms

TMJ headache caused by TMDOne of the most common symptoms for those suffering from disorders of the tempromandibular joint (TMJ) are headaches. This is because if your bite is misaligned, too much stress can be placed on the muscles surrounding your TMJ, leading to headaches.

But what sets TMJ headaches apart from regular tension headaches? If you have what appears to be a tension headache coupled with these additional symptoms, the pain could be radiating from your temporomandibular joint:

  • facial tenderness;
  • facial pain;
  • earache;
  • crackling/grinding sounds when you move or open your jaw; and
  • stiffness.

While TMJ headaches are not identical to migraines, they can trigger one. The symptoms of those headaches, ranging from nausea and light sensitivity to fatigue, are severe.

It can be common for health care providers to misdiagnose recurring headaches, not discovering the underlying problems within your jaw joint. At DaVinci Dentistry, we will work with you to get to the root of your headaches and facial pain to determine if temporomandibular joint dysfunction may play a role. When it does, we can offer solutions through a variety of oral devices that can help to alleviate pain caused by undue tension and bruxism (tooth grinding) often associated with TMJ. Call us to schedule your appointment and discuss next steps. We are conveniently located in Southlake and serve surrounding communities within Tarrant County: 817-251-9333.

 

 

 

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How long does TMD last?

TMD pain treatment SouthlakeTemporomandibular disorders, often called TMDs, affect the temporomandibular, or jaw, joint. As many as 30 percent of Americans may have symptoms of temporomandibular disorder at any given time. Since these problems affect the muscles in your face that are needed for chewing, it can be hard to avoid the discomfort associated with it, which is why it’s very natural for patients to ask us just how long they can expect their TMD flare-up to last.

While no two cases are exactly the same, the length of time that you experience TMD symptoms — pain, tenderness and soreness around the jaw, neck and ears, headaches, clicking and popping sounds when opening the jaw, and more — can vary from just a few weeks, such as with jaw injuries, to months or years, like when arthritis and bruxism (tooth grinding) are involved.

When you’re dealing with problems like jaw clenching and tooth grinding, how well you respond to treatment, usually in the form of a night guard or occlusal splint, can also determine how long you experience uncomfortable symptoms.

At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, we know you want to reduce your pain and get back to life as soon as possible. The first step is to talk to us about what you’re experiencing. You can set up your appointment by giving us a call or requesting an appointment through our online form. During your appointment, we’ll conduct an exam and talk with you about what you’re experiencing. Our goal isn’t just to improve your quality of life through reducing TMD pain, but also to help you feel at ease every time you step foot in our office. We look forward to meeting you soon: 817-251-9333.

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Why are TMJ problems more common in women?

TMJ pain treatment in SouthlakeMore than 10 million Americans experience TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and muscle disorders, according to the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research. While the institute recognizes that these issues seem to affect more women than men, it doesn’t offer exact numbers. By some estimates, like those offered by dental insurance carriers, women are twice as likely as men to be affected by TMJ. So what accounts for that vast difference? Is it simply that women are more likely to seek care for TMJ symptoms, or are other factors at work?

One of the prime reasons that women — particularly those of childbearing age — may experience TMJ disorders is hormones. Dental research has pointed to a link between estrogen and pain in the jaw joints. This can take on increased relevance for women taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy.

While not as well researched, some commonly held beliefs about females’ susceptibility to TMJ problems include vitamin deficiencies due to menstrual cycles as well as differences in joint structure.

Arthritis, a misaligned bite and trauma or dislocation can lead to TMJ problems in males and females.

Whatever the cause, TMJ disorders can range from mildly aggravating to severely debilitating. Patients may not just experience jaw pain, clicking and popping when eating or talking, but headaches and neck pain can also be commonplace. If you experience any such symptoms, talk with the DaVinci Dentistry team. Getting to the root of TMJ pain can be a time-consuming process, involving taking an intensive health history and having willingness to try multiple solutions. We’ll do whatever we can to try to find the solution that works for you. Set up an appointment online or call 817-251-9333.

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TMJ Treatment: Considering All of Your Options

senior with pain in front of earsIf you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly referred to as TMD or TMJ, treatment options may be more accessible than you think. At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, TX, we see patients for TMJ-related concerns on a regular basis.

TMJ Treatment: Mild Cases

For many people with TMD, symptoms are mild, periodic and typically resolve within a few weeks or months when simple remedies are followed, including:

  • eating soft foods;
  • avoiding chewing gum;
  • applying ice or moist heat; and
  • exercising caution when yawning and singing.

TMJ Treatment: Severe Cases

For other patients, TMD symptoms may be more debilitating or persistent, despite at-home therapy. In these situations, a number of conservative treatment options are available. The key here is the word “conservative.” We look at reversible treatment options, per recommendations from the National Institutes of Health, as more studies are needed regarding the benefit and safety of irreversible, permanent options such as bite adjustment and surgery.

Some conservative TMJ treatment measures we can explore to help alleviate your symptoms include:

  • pain medication;
  • injections;
  • splints; and
  • night guards (to prevent further grinding and clenching during sleep).

From treatment for TMD symptoms to dental implants and full mouth reconstruction, the Southlake, TX, team at DaVinci Dentistry has the training and expertise to guide you through your oral health needs. We provide cosmetic, family and implant dentistry for residents throughout much of Tarrant County, including Grapevine, Colleyville, Keller, North Richland Hills, and Hurst-Euless-Bedford. Contact us at 817-251-9333.

 

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When it’s TMJ and when it’s just another headache

TMJ headacheIf you experience chronic tension headaches or migraines, getting to the root of your symptoms could provide relief in more ways than one. There can be many triggers for these headaches, including problems in the TMJ (temporomandibular joint).

Other common triggers for tension headaches, caused by muscle contraction, and migraines, which affect blood vessels and nerves, include:

  • fatigue;
  • medication and substance overuse;
  • poor posture;
  • not eating on time;
  • intense physical activity; and
  • more.

But how do you know when TMJ is to blame when so many factors contribute to headaches? The answer isn’t always obvious, which is why having a dentist well versed in pain management can help you either identify or rule out TMJ issues as the cause.

At DaVinci Dentistry, we know that TMJ pain can occur in areas you might not necessarily expect, including in the:

  • cheeks;
  • ears;
  • shoulders;
  • temple; and
  • neck.

When these areas become knotted and tight, pain can result in other parts of the body, including the head.

When you make an appointment with us, we’ll look for signs of temporomandibular joint dysfunction that may accompany headache, including jaw clenching and teeth grinding. We’ll also take a detailed health history, to discover whether you may have other symptoms that point to TMJ disorders. If we find that to be the case, we’ll discuss the TMJ treatment options available to you, which can often be as simple as physical therapy or oral appliances such as night guards and oral splints. Contact us today to share what TMJ symptoms you may be experiencing. 817-251-9333.

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TMJ Pain and Age

TMJ pain, a condition Southlake-based DaVinci Dentistry can treat.

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are estimated to affect more than 10 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. When this joint that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone on the side of the head doesn’t work as it should, simple motions like yawning, speaking and eating can become painful. A limited range of motion may also be accompanied by clicking or popping noises.

The age of those impacted can range from patients in their teen years to their 70s, but a recent survey from the TMJ Association reveals one population particularly prone to TMJ disorders, also known as TMD: Individuals who are, on average, 41 years of age. And 90 percent of them are women.

While this points to a possible connection between female hormones and TMJ disorders, the causes of this condition are not widely understood. Sometimes traumatic injuries are to blame, while in other cases symptoms begin without an obvious reason.

Treating TMJ Disorders

If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ, you may be surprised to learn that there are dental solutions that can ease the severity of your discomfort. At DaVinci Dentistry, we can talk with you about your symptoms and evaluate your health history in efforts to rule out other conditions that could be to blame. It all starts with a consultation that can be scheduled by contacting us at 817-251-9333. Our dental office is conveniently located in Southlake to serve patients throughout much of Tarrant County.

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Types of TMD

Young woman has splitting headache pain migrainTMD refers to disorders that affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects the lower jaw to the bones on the side of the head. These disorders can take many forms, but to the estimated 10 million individuals impacted by TMD, symptoms often range from radiating pain in the face, neck or jaw to stiffness and painful popping or clicking when speaking or eating.

When patients talk to us about their symptoms, one goal is to determine the type of TMD they are experiencing, so that we can proceed with the most effective form of TMJ treatment.

The types of TMD include:

  • Myofascial pain – Pain in the muscles that control the jaw.
  • Jaw dislocation – This can take the form of a traumatic injury to the jaw itself, or even a displaced disc in the upper spine.
  • Arthritis – Degenerative and inflammatory joint disorders can often affect the temporomandibular joint as a secondary condition.

At DaVinci Dentistry, we’ll talk to you about the frequency and duration of your TMD symptoms and provide some potential solutions to ease your discomfort. In many cases, TMJ treatment is as simple as using a night guard to prevent tooth grinding and jaw clenching during sleep. Contact us at 817-251-9333 to schedule your appointment. We serve patients in Southlake, Keller, North Richland Hills and the surrounding communities.