Teeth Grinding and TMJ Treatment in Virginia Beach, VA

Why should you see your Virginia Beach dentist for chronic headaches? J. Wesley Anderson, Jr., DDS can provide you a TMJ treatment for TMJ disorder or teeth grinding that might be causing your migraines or headaches, jaw pain, and difficulty chewing.

Virginia Beach might be a vacation for some, but when you live here full time, it’s easy for the stresses of life to get to you. Dr. Anderson has seen multiple patients over the last few decades with stress-related TMJ disorder. If you think you might be one of the 1 in 7 Americans suffering from TMJ disorder — for any reason — you should call us for relief.

This is especially in today’s world, with all the stress that we all experience … Stress from many different areas, there’s a … Very common for folks to have temporomandibular joint pain. In the press, you’re going to hear “TMJ.” Well, TMJ are just the joints themselves. Our number one way to treat this is with a bite guard, also known as a night guard, a bite splint, a night splint. There’s all kinds of names, but it’s all basically an appliance that is worn to stop the problem that’s causing the TMJ. Sometimes it can be from clenching, which is gritting your teeth. It can also be from grinding. These are two entirely different actions, but they do the same thing. The vast majority of pain is from muscles, so what we’re trying to do is relieve some of that muscular pain.

TMJ Disorder Has Many Symptoms

TMJ is a nickname for your jaw joint (temporomandibular joint). When your jaw joint gets out of alignment, you can experience symptoms like migraines or headaches, muscle pain, clicking or popping, teeth grinding, and teeth that don’t fit together right.

Dr. Anderson can bring you relief by fitting you for a mouthguard, also known as splint therapy, that can reposition your jaw and take the strain off your muscles and joint.

TMJ & Teeth Grinding

TMJ disorder and teeth grinding (bruxism) are often discussed together, because both can be addressed with a mouthguard. They can also both be rooted in stress, and the overuse of your jaw caused by teeth grinding or teeth clenching can increase your TMJ disorder symptoms.

You may not even realize you’re grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw because a lot of people do it in their sleep. Dr. Wesley Anderson can fit you with a nightguard to protect your teeth from the damage caused by grinding.

Teeth Clenching Doesn’t Happen Only While You Sleep

Some people find that they also clench or grind their teeth while running or exercising. After a dental exam, Virginia Beach dentist Dr. Anderson can determine whether you’d be better served by an athletic mouthguard.

It’s hard to live your best life when you’re struggling through the frustration of chronic jaw pain and headaches. You deserve treatment. TMJ disorder can be complicated. Get teeth grinding and TMJ treatment from experienced Virginia Beach dentist Dr. Wes Anderson. Call us at (757) 464-1964 or use our convenient online form.

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