Treatment for TMJ and Bruxism

Do you experience frequent headaches, especially in the morning? Do you suffer from pain, popping, or clicking in your jaw? Do you sometimes have pain in your neck or shoulders? Have you ever experienced your jaw locking open or closed? Did you know you might be suffering from a jaw joint disorder known as temporomandibular joint syndrome, or TMJ? The good news is that there are solutions to alleviate your pain and symptoms, and Dr. Sigman has specialized training in helping patients manage their jaw joint issues.

What is TMJ?

Your temporomandibular joint is one of the body’s most complex hinges, as it allows movement both up and down and side to side. This enables you to yawn, talk, chew, and eat with ease when it’s functioning properly. Different factors can cause your joint to breakdown, such as:

  • Stress
  • Clenching and grinding, or bruxism
  • Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Bite misalignment

When your joint is not functioning properly it can be very debilitating, and greatly affect the quality of your life and your athletic performance.

What is Bruxism?

Many people experience clenching and grinding of their teeth, which typically happens at night. Otherwise known as bruxism, grinding your teeth can cause a host of issues like:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Excessive wear, fractures, and other damage to your teeth
  • TMJ disorder
  • Jaw pain or tenderness

Dr. Sigman can determine if you’re suffering from bruxism during your routine six-month checkup.

Treatment for TMJ and Bruxism

As a member of the Academy of Sports Dentistry, Dr. Sigman has extensive training in treating both bruxism and TMJ issues. Custom oral appliances are often helpful in relaxing the muscles that cause these problems, and they’re comfortable to be worn at night while you sleep to protect against grinding and clenching.

Dr. Sigman understands that every patient is unique and requires an oral appliance or mouth guard that is tailored to their specific needs. Whether you’re an athlete needing protection on the field, or you’re keeping your bed partner awake at night due to bruxism, Dr. Sigman can create an oral appliance or protective guard that is right for your needs and will alleviate your issues.

Specialized Care

At Performance Dental Center, we offer a service that is exclusive to our practice in Boulder, and that is we fabricate occlusal guards for our patients right here in our office, and we can typically deliver them the same day. This drastically reduces the turnaround time that a dental laboratory offers, and allows Dr. Sigman to ensure precise fit.

If you or loved one is suffering from TMJ or bruxism issues, we encourage you to contact our practice today to learn more about how Dr. Sigman can help you.