Teeth Grinding

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    Do You Constantly Grind Your Teeth?

    Teeth Grinding, or bruxism, is a common condition that involves the clenching or grinding of teeth. When this occurs as a result of TMJ dysfunction, it can have significant effects on your oral health, sleep quality, and overall well-being. TMJ-related Bruxism is often associated with stress, misaligned jaw joints, and muscle tension.

    Effects of TMJ-Related Teeth Grinding:

    • Dental Damage: Persistent grinding can lead to wear and damage to your teeth, including fractures, chipping, and increased tooth sensitivity.
    • TMJ Pain: The excessive strain on the jaw joints during grinding can contribute to TMJ pain, headaches, and facial discomfort.
    • Sleep Disturbances: Bruxism is often more prevalent during sleep, causing disruptions and potential sleep disorders.
    • Muscle Tension: Chronic teeth grinding can result in muscle tension in the jaw, neck, and shoulders.

    How Can We Help?

    At the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans, our dedicated team of specialists is committed to providing personalized and effective solutions to address TMJ-related Teeth Grinding.

    We conduct thorough evaluations to understand the underlying causes of your Bruxism, including assessing the condition of your TMJ and bite.  Based on your unique needs, we develop tailored treatment plans that may include a TMJ mouth guard, oral appliances, stress management techniques, and lifestyle recommendations.

    Take the first step towards a healthier, pain-free life by contacting the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans today. Your journey to better TMJ health begins here.


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      Very Rev. Philip G. Landry

      5.0 ★★★★★

      Having been diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2003, I was fitted for a head-gear breathing apparatus to alleviate the condition. After struggling with discomfort and lack of sleep, I discontinued use of the device. During a visit to my cardiologist in 2017, I was ordered to take another sleep test which revealed that the condition had reached a dangerous level and that it must be addressed immediately. I shared with Dr. G. Johnson my concerns from the past and he informed me that a new mouth piece for this sleep disorder was available and referred me to Dr. Terry Billings, DDS.

      I contacted Dr. Billings and during my first appointment with him, after a series of tests, he determined that I had another condition, TMJ, which would have to be treated before addressing the sleep disorder. He explained to me that I would have to wear mouthpieces, one by day and one by night, for twelve weeks to correct this issue. My instant reaction was that as a Catholic priest serving as the rector of the St. Louis Cathedral, I often celebrate televised Masses during which a mouthpiece would certainly be a deterrent. Dr. Billings patiently and understandingly explained that I really had no option but assured me that he would be able to make weekly adjustments to the mouthpieces that would help with these concerns.

      Now as I approach the final weeks of this treatment, I am pleased to share that I have been most satisfied with the care and attention of both Dr. Billings and his staff. The level of professionalism and proficiency which I have experienced in the weekly office visits have made a challenging issue bearable. It is amazing to me what the treatment of the TMJ has done for my overall health and well-being and as I now await the mouthpiece to address my sleep disorder I am most grateful to Dr. Billings for his diagnosis and excellent treatment during this period of preparation for it.

      Arden Ballard, PA-C, MS

      5.0 ★★★★★

      You don’t hear that often about a dentist, but his attention to detail, meticulous examination and in-office testing led to uncovering a severely deviated septum that needed prompt surgical intervention. I’m forever grateful for him and his entire staff.

      Dr. Billings noticed that I checked yes to a few items on his questionnaire. When he began asking about my fatigue, sluggish feeling, etc. I blamed it on the kids and being a parent of two young boys. After his dental exam, he insisted that there could be more to my symptoms. After a chat, we decided to do an in-office Facial CT scan. It’s been 4 years since I had one, so I agreed. Everything was promptly scheduled, and their text reminders kept me on schedule.

      I did the CT scan, and Dr. Billings pointed out my severely deviated septum and recommended I get a prompt ENT evaluation. I brought a printout of the CT to my next appointment, and I ended up having sinus surgery 3 weeks later.

      Immediately after surgery, I knew something was different. After healing, I was sleeping better, breathing better and, sure enough, less sluggish and not reaching for my 3pm coffee. All from going to the dentist.

      My teeth look great, too!

      Dr. Billings has opened my eyes to understand that dentists are part of the entire medical team, and when using their training to the fullest, they can change lives.