Treatments for TMJ and Bruxism

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and bruxism (teeth grinding) can be managed with various treatments:

  • Oral Appliances: Custom-fitted mouthguards or splints can help alleviate the symptoms of TMJ and protect teeth from the effects of bruxism.
  • Medications: Pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation associated with TMJ.
  • Physical Therapy: Jaw exercises, massage, and other physical therapy techniques can help improve jaw mobility and reduce muscle tension.
  • Stress Management: Stress-reducing techniques such as relaxation exercises, biofeedback, and counseling can help alleviate bruxism, which is often linked to stress and anxiety.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Avoiding hard or chewy foods, practicing proper posture, and avoiding habits like nail biting or chewing gum can help reduce TMJ symptoms and bruxism.
  • Dental Treatments: Dental procedures such as adjusting the bite, replacing missing teeth, or orthodontic treatment may be recommended to alleviate TMJ symptoms or reduce the effects of bruxism.
  • Alternative Therapies: Acupuncture, chiropractic care, and other alternative therapies may provide relief for some individuals with TMJ or bruxism, although more research is needed to confirm their effectiveness.
  • Botox Therapy: Botox therapy is increasingly accepted treatment method for TMJ and bruxism. A properly trained dentist can identify the muscles causing TMJ and bruxism pain.   Once identified, the dentist can administer the botox to the muscles which will allow the muscles to relax.  Once this happens, they are significantly less likely to cause intense grinding or TMJ pain.  Most patients notice significant symptom relief within 24 hours.  Dental botox therapy does have to be repeated about every 90 days.  However, this treatment is life changing for those patients who suffer from chronic TMJ and bruxism.

It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional or dentist for proper diagnosis and personalized treatment recommendations. A local dentist in Greenville, NC at Pruitt & Earp Dentistry can properly diagnose and treat TMJ and Bruxism with botox therapy.

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