Teeth Grinding and Jaw Disorders (TMJ Disorders)
Our temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is one of the most used joints in our body. It is the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull, and is used for everything from talking to chewing.
Pain in TMJ can arise from injury or arthritis, but one of the common causes is teeth grinding and/or clenching. Grinding your teeth is called bruxism and many people are unaware they do it, as it mostly occurs during sleep. Waking up with a sore jaw or having headaches that have no other medical reasons are signs that you might be clenching or grinding your teeth. It puts a lot of pressure on the TMJ that causes pain and the teeth can become damaged and fractured from the pressure.
We offer a number of options to treat TMJ and bruxism including a dental splint and night guards. Find out with us how to stop the pain and get an expert advice about a treatment plan.