Bruxism & TMJ Therapy in Tyler
Do you wake up with a sore jaw, a headache, or clenched teeth? All of these are signs that you may be affected by bruxism, which is an unconscious grinding and clenching of the teeth. This disorder is very common and is thought to be stress-induced. Bruxism can cause migraines, damage teeth, and contribute to temporomandibular (joints on either side of your jaw) dysfunction. To protect your oral health, call Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury today for TMJ therapy.
Evaluation and Treatment of TMJ
At your appointment, Dr. Stansbury will carefully evaluate your jaw joints, teeth, and muscles to determine the best course of action for you. Our Tyler team is skilled with helping patients find relief from the often painful symptoms of TMJ disorder, and protect their teeth as well. Dr. Stansbury can identify signs of bruxism during a regular checkup, which is a good reason you should routinely attend general dentistry exams.
Our Tyler practice can often use the NTI-tss device for successful TMJ therapy. This mouthpiece brings the jaw into its proper place while you sleep, which prevents you from clenching or grinding throughout the night. Dr. Stansbury is confident that this form of treatment can help Tyler patients.
Bruxism, many migraines, and TMJ dysfunction result from a jaw muscle or nerve malfunction. The NTI-tss interrupts the involuntary signal between the jaw's side and temporal muscles, reducing clenching intensity by one-third, thus reducing the barrage of negative impulses transmitted by nerves. Furthermore, the device causes muscles to relax in a stable position so that you and those hyperactive malfunctioning muscles can rest. Often this eliminates bruxism-related migraines and various kinds of TMJ pain. Some patients experience relief after one night, while others find comfort after a few weeks of wearing the NTI-tss.
Set up your TMJ appointment
Please contact us today if you would like to be evaluated for TMJ therapy, or to learn more. Dr. Stansbury sees patients from Tyler, Kilgore, Lindale, Flint, and other east Texas towns. If this will be your first appointment at Dennis E. Stansbury, DDS, please take a moment to read over the helpful information on our new patient page, which we have added for the benefit of those who may be unfamiliar with our Tyler practice. If you would like to find out more about the different ways that Dr. Stansbury can improve your bite or your smile, check out our full list of dental services.