TMJ and Bruxism
Frequent headaches, jaw pain, and discomfort in your neck and shoulders are just a few of the symptoms you might experience if you suffer from TMJ issues or temporomandibular joint disorder. This condition occurs when your jaw joint is compromised or not functioning properly, and it can become quite debilitating for some patients if it’s not managed effectively.
Depending on the cause of your TMJ disorder and the side effects that you suffer from, Dr. Aiello may be able to help. He has extensive training in helping patients manage TMJ, and he can often help to alleviate pain with treatment for bite rehabilitation or an oral appliance. He also works closely and partners with oral surgeons and other physicians that might be managing your condition with Botox or other types of treatments.
Mouth Guards and Splints for Bruxism
Do you constantly clench or grind your teeth together? This habit is known as bruxism, and it can cause worn, flat, or chipped teeth and broken restorations. Bruxism may also contribute to TMJ issues.
It can be tricky to diagnose bruxism on your own since it typically occurs at night while you’re sleeping. So it’s important to let your Clinton Township dentist know if you ever wake up with headaches or notice excessive wear on your teeth. Dr. Aiello can accurately diagnose cases of bruxism and determine the best course of action for your condition.
Our thermoform and acrylic dental guards will protect and preserve your smile from the damage caused by bruxism. They are easy and comfortable to wear during sleep, and they can often alleviate the pain of TMJ.
If you’re an athlete, one of our sports mouth guards can protect you from sports-related dental emergencies, including concussions.
TMJ Disorder Symptom Management
One of the most common problems that we address is TMJ induced migraine headaches. Dr. Aiello may recommend an NTI oral appliance to help alleviate frequent migraine headaches.
This type of appliance is smaller in size, yet it reduces the intensity of clenching by nearly 70 percent, which helps your muscles relax. This device can decrease the frequency of headaches, and for some patients may eliminate them completely.
If you suffer from bruxism or TMJ issues, Dr. Aiello will help determine which type of oral appliance is right for your needs.
Support for Sleep Apnea
Patients who suffer from sleep apnea may also benefit from the use of a customized oral appliance. Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing throughout the night and can greatly impact your daily life.
If you suffer from chronic fatigue or have difficulty concentrating during the day, talk with Dr. Aiello about diagnosing you for sleep apnea.
Contact Michael Aiello, DDS today for help in managing TMJ issues, bruxism, or sleep apnea.