Bruxism and TMD Treatment in Winnipeg
Professional dental care involves taking measures to protect your long-term oral health. At the practice of Dr. Jerry Abells Artistic Smiles, we provide treatments for many dental issues that impact your dental function and bite. Dr. Abells is experienced in treating bruxism, a condition associated with teeth grinding and clenching. He offers quality mouthguards for bruxism and TMJ disorders (TMD) to help resolve your symptoms and preserve your natural smile for years to come.
We take time to precisely diagnose your condition and get to the root cause of the problem. Dr. Abells and our entire dental team have a true passion for helping you get the care you deserve without feeling nervous or uncomfortable. Through expert TMD and bruxism treatment in Winnipeg, you can smile with comfort and confidence. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!
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What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a dental condition associated with excessive grinding of teeth and clenching of the jaw. It is prevalent in both children and adults and can manifest during the day or at night. Some people may not even realize they have the condition since they may not recognize the symptoms. Common signs of bruxism include persistent headaches, weak or worn teeth, and jaw soreness.
At the practice of Dr. Jerry Abells Artistic Smiles, we treat two types of bruxism:
- Daytime Bruxism: This type of bruxism happens when you grind, gnash, or clench your teeth while awake. The condition may stem from other health concerns, such as stress, anxiety, or tension. It often occurs when someone is concentrating intensely, and it can happen unconsciously or consciously.
- Sleep bruxism: Sleep bruxism happens when you’re clenching or grinding while you sleep. The condition is often linked to sleep apnea.
Our Custom Bruxism Treatments
We recognize that there is no single cure for bruxism, and that’s why we offer customized mouthguards for treating excessive clenching and grinding. Sometimes, bruxism is associated with other concerns like stress or sleep apnea. But other times, the condition is a side effect of a defective restoration or bite issue.
Our dentist begins by reaching a specific diagnosis before recommending an oral appliance. Customized mouthguards work by creating a protective barrier between your teeth. Whenever you clench or attempt to grind your teeth, the device reduces the impact and lessens the tension, providing a safe cushion for your teeth. The padding helps prevent jaw strain and preserves your enamel. Our bruxism mouthguards are custom-made to fit comfortably and address multiple issues at once. They also help stop the progression of additional wear and damage to your teeth.
After creating your appliance, you will need some time to adapt to your new dental appliance. Our dentist may make some adjustments to the guard periodically to ensure a proper fit. Because our mouthguards are made of durable but comfortable materials, you can wear them during the day or night as needed.
Diagnosis and Treatment of TMJ Disorder
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) works like a sliding hinge, linking your jawbone to your skull. Typically, TMJ disorders can cause severe pain in your jaw joint and muscles that guide jaw movement. Common signs and symptoms of TMD include:
- Ringing in the ears
- Jaw pain
- Neck stiffness
- Pressure in the ears
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- Feeling a bite misalignment
Our treatment plans start with an evaluation and, most often, a mouthguard. Dr. Abells is a Pankey Institute graduate and has extensive training in treating and diagnosing TMD. He will check your bite with a custom-made bite splint to help diagnose the origin of the problem and recommend the proper treatment.
During TMD treatment, we prioritize your personal experience to ensure you are satisfied. Our popular TMD solutions include oral appliances, functional orthodontics, and massage therapy. We create condition-specific oral appliances that our dentist can customize to meet your unique needs. Our treatment plans focus on your comfort and satisfaction.
Comprehensive Winnipeg Bruxism & TMD Treatments
If you continually wake up with jaw pain, headaches, or jaw soreness, you could be suffering from bruxism or TMJ disorder. Dr. Abells has the skills and experience to diagnose your situation and offer a lasting solution.
We proudly provide comprehensive bruxism and TMJ disorder treatment throughout Winnipeg, Manitoba, and surrounding areas. Our dentist provides mouthguards and other solutions for your unique situation. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!
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