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/ night guard and muscle relaxant injections. Find out with us how to stop the pain and get an expert advice about a treatment plan.

Gummy Smiles

When you smile, do you feel that you show too much of your upper gum? If you answered yes, you may have a condition that is commonly called a ‘gummy smile’. A gummy smile can have a negative effect on your aesthetics. The good news is that a gummy smile can be corrected through various treatment options.

There are several causes of a Gummy Smile, but one of the most common can be over-active muscles controlling the upper lip, this can be easily corrected with a simple injection. The treatment is a simple and quick procedure. Results will take effect at around 2 weeks and last 3-4 months in most cases.