Bruxism & TMJ Disorder

Custom-Designed Bruxism & TMJ Appliances

Even when you keep your teeth clean of plaque and tartar, some issues can still threaten the long-term health of your teeth, gums, and smile. Bruxism, for instance, involves the constant grinding of your teeth, which can gradually wear down and damage your tooth structure. TMJ disorder, which affects your temporomandibular joints (TMJs), can affect how your jaw functions, making it more difficult for you to bite and chew at all. Fortunately, your dentist can help you alleviate such conditions with a custom-designed mouthguard made specifically to address your unique condition. We also offer hypoallergenic mouthguards that are made from nylon, so we can treat patients who are allergic to the traditional materials used.

The Symptoms of a Bite Disorder

Bruxism and TMJ disorder are often related, though the symptoms of each can differ. For instance, constant teeth-grinding can make your teeth sensitive and your bite feel off, while TMJ disorder can make your jaw joints sore and exacerbate your bruxism. In addition, you might also experience symptoms such as:

  • Popping and clicking noises in your jaw
  • Chronic headaches and migraines
  • Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
  • Worn down chewing surfaces
  • Painful jaw and facial muscles
  • Tinnitus, or pain and ringing in your ears
  • And more

Treating Bruxism & TMJ Disorder

The way your bite functions is vital to your oral health, and issues like bruxism and TMJ disorder can seriously affect this function. To schedule a visit with Dr. Browne, contact our office today at (913) 901-8585. Our office is located on the south west corner of 75th and State Line at the Crossroads of Prairie Village, Waldo, Brookside, Mission Hills , Leawood and Overland Park, just minutes from I-435 and State Line as well as I-35 and 75th Street.