Cornerstone Dental Missoula
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Teeth Grinding/TMJ Treatment

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An important part of helping you enjoy a healthy smile is educating you about your oral health. We have found that informed patients tend to be more proactive with oral hygiene and routine dental appointments, resulting in better long-term outcomes.

We welcome your questions because we want to provide you with all the information you need to make confident decisions about treatment. Please don't ever hesitate to reach out to us if something is on your mind because if it matters to you, it matters to us!

Here are some of the questions we frequently hear at our practice, but you may have some of your own that are not listed here. Please feel free to call us at (406) 543-7532 or use our convenient online contact form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Teeth Grinding/TMJ Treatment

If your teeth are chipped, cracked, or worn and you can’t remember doing anything to cause it, you most likely are grinding your teeth while you sleep.

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is an uncomfortable habit that puts excessive force on your jaw joint and your teeth. Grinding your teeth occasionally due to stress or tension is not uncommon. But most of the damage to your teeth is done unconsciously while you sleep. You may also experience headaches, neck and shoulder pain, or pain in your jaw joint (temporomandibular joint, or TMJ).

We highly recommend a night guard for our patients who grind their teeth. The device looks like a mouth guard and is customized just for you. It eliminates grinding because your upper and lower jaw cannot come into contact with each other. The night guard protects your teeth from damage and relieves the pressure on your jaw, allowing it to rest.

Teeth grinding can also be caused by a misaligned bite, which can be corrected by simply reshaping the teeth that are preventing you from biting down normally. Dr. Rogers will perform an exam and ask the appropriate questions to help determine the cause of your pain and plan the appropriate treatment.

If you are waking up with headaches or pain in your jaw, you may benefit from a night guard at Cornerstone Dental. Please call us so we can help you get the relief you need!

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