Treating Bruxism and TMJ Disorder in Wakefield
Every day, we see patients struggling with a common but serious oral health problem, bruxism. This issue, triggered by stress, involves unconscious teeth grinding that leads to serious oral health problems if it isn’t treated.
Bruxism patients also face increased risk of developing a neuromuscular condition known as TMJ dysfunction (TMD). Other serious problems include insomnia, eating disorders, and depression.
Thankfully, relief from uncomfortable teeth grinding is possible with an oral appliance known as a nightguard. Nightguards are designed to be worn during sleep, when bruxism patients have the most difficulty with their condition. Wearing your nightguard protects the chewing surfaces of teeth from the harm caused by persistent grinding and clenching.
Because Dr. Schumacher is a board certified prosthodontist, he has years of experience in protecting, restoring, and replacing teeth. This background guides him as he designs your specially made appliance. Once your appliance is ready, we’ll make sure it fits properly before sending it home with you to wear.
If you have questions about your nightguard or think you may need to try a different appliance, don’t hesitate to contact our Wakefield dental office. Your questions and good health are important to us.