Posts Tagged ‘TMJ Des Moines IA’

When to Wear a Dental Mouthpiece

Discovering Bruxism

sore jaw 4Do you grind your teeth? If you said “no,” are you positive about that? Oftentimes, people grind their teeth during their sleep without realizing it. In fact, some people have been unfortunate enough to discover a bruxism (teeth grinding) habit only when a tooth breaks. Thus, it is important to know the symptoms of bruxism so that if you are grinding your teeth, your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, can provide you with a dental mouthpiece to protect your teeth. Some of the most common symptoms of bruxism are frequent sensitivities in teeth, and a sore jaw. It is also pretty common for the jaw to pop or click when it opens and closes when bruxism occurs frequently. In addition to these symptoms, bruxism may be identified visually, which is why it is important to attend regular dental visits to your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Johnson. Bruxism may leave teeth looking flattened or worn down, signs which Dr. Johnson can identify through visual inspection of your teeth.

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Des Moines IA Dentist May Have Relief for Your Headaches

headache 4Does it seem like you are always dealing with a headache? If so, you could be suffering from a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Active, but rather delicate, the TMJs are located on either side of the face just below and forward of the earlobes. These joints control the opening and closing of the mouth, but respond poorly to strain, which is the cause of TMJ disorders. To learn more about the connection between TMJ disorders and headaches, read the following information from your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson.

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Des Moines IA Dentist: Do You Grind Your Teeth?

man sleepingDid you know that you could be damaging your teeth without realizing it? Many people grind their teeth during their sleep without knowing that they do so. Unfortunately, not knowing means no treatment, which can turn into major damages to teeth and the jaw. To learn more about teeth grinding (bruxism) and the dental mouthpiece that can treat it, read the information below from your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson.

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Des Moines Dentist Answers FAQs about the TMJs and Headaches

headache 3Do you suffer from the pain of migraines or frequent headaches? If so, you know the value of relief. But what if relief meant dealing with a problem that originated in your mouth? If you have developed a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, your headaches may cease with treatment of your mouth and jaw. Below, your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, answers your most frequently asked questions about the TMJs and their connection to headaches?

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Des Moines Dentist Looks at the Connection Between Headaches and Your Mouth

headache 1What do headaches have to do with your mouth? Maybe more than you think. If you have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, frequent headaches and migraines could be your daily reality. The TMJ is the joint that controls the opening and closing of the mouth, and when it comes under strain, a disorder can develop. But why should a disorder in your jaw cause headaches? Your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, answers this question and more as she examines TMJ disorders.

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MapValley Ridge Family Dental
6150 Village View Drive, #109,
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
After-hours emergency: 515.423.0445
Fax: 515.327.6230

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8 am-5 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am- 1:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am-4:30 pm