Signs of Teeth Grinding

Signs of Teeth GrindingBite problems, often called TMJ, can cause damage to your teeth, disrupt healthy sleeping patterns, and affect your quality of life due to chronic pain. Sandy Springs, GA dentist Dr. Brenda Paulen offers TMJ therapy to address the cause of your bite disorder and alleviate your painful symptoms.

There is no one-size-fits- all approach to the treatment of TMJ. Dr. Paulen takes a comprehensive approach, seeking to identify the underlying cause of your bite problem as opposed to a symptomatic approach that may not provide lasting relief or support your long term dental health.

Signs & Symptoms of TMJ Sandy Springs, GA

TMJ is often caused by dysfunction in the bite. It can also be caused by bruxism, or teeth grinding. Because teeth grinding generally occurs during sleep many patients may be unaware that it is the root of their jaw pain. If you suffer from frequent jaw pain, or any of these following symptoms, you may have TMJ.

  • Frequent Headaches
  • Clenching and Grinding
  • Disturbed Sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Broken Restorations
  • Excessively Worn Teeth
  • Sore Jaw and Facial Muscles
  • Head and/or Neck Pain
  • Clicking or popping when opening or chewing
  • Limited movement of the jaw, episodes of “getting stuck”
  • Shifting teeth, bite changes

TMJ Therapy

Often, Dr. Paulen will recommend a combination of dental procedures to help fix the root of your TMJ. Proud Smiles offers a full array of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments that can both fix bite problems, prevent teeth grinding, and repair damage grinding may have caused to your teeth. Dr. Paulen herself uses a muscle deprogrammer or centric relation splint to relaxes nerves and muscles in the face and jaw to prevent grinding and headaches. Dr. Paulen also offers Invisalign, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns to realign bites.

Schedule Your Consultation

Contact our Sandy Springs dentist office to find out what dental treatments can help alleviate your pain. Dr. Paulen offers comprehensive and personalized quality dental care for the complete care of your oral health.