Teeth Grinding AKA (TMJ) disorder

Teeth Grinding AKA (TMJ) disorder

What is TMJ or Bruxism?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) or Bruxism is a medical condition that causes excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching unrelated to the normal activities of masticating food for example.

Involuntary jaw clenching and teeth griding can cause several symptoms including hypersensitive teeth, aching jaw muscles, headache, and damage to dental crowns and fillings. Symptoms may be minimal, without patient awareness of the condition. If nothing is done, after a while the teeth start wearing down until the whole teeth are lost.

There are two main types of Bruxism:

1- Day time Bruxism as the name suggests occurs during the day. The symptoms of awake bruxism may not be present at all on waking time, and then worsen toward the end of the day.

2- Nocturnal Bruxism occurs at sleep time. You may not even be aware that you are experiencing clenching of the teeth. The symptoms of sleep bruxism tend to be worse on waking and improve throughout the day.

What is the treatment for TMJ?

Injections of Botox®, a form of botulinum toxin-A, work very well for the treatment of mild to moderate TMJ. Botox® is also helpful for some people with severe bruxism who don’t respond to other modalities of treatments, such as muscle relaxants and antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications.

Why choose a Aesthetic Practitioner to treat your TMJ?

TMJ or Bruxism is a medical condition. Livia Manner, FNP is Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner trained to treat medical condition for the entire family. Her specialty training is in Aesthetic Medicine Procedures since 2009. At Aesthetic Excellence® we get many clients that were treated by non-aesthetic trained medical providers that treated the TMJ correctly, but left some unevenness of the facial features that Livia corrects for the client as she only practices aesthetic medical procedures. If you suffer from TMJ, call Livia Manner, FNP at 954-399-3229 to make an appointment at Aesthetic Excellence® to relieve your TMJ.