TMJ and Bruxism

Do you wake up with headaches, or neck or shoulder pain? Are your teeth sensitive? Are they starting to crack or look worn down?

You may have problems with TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) or bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching).

Symptoms of TMJ Disorders 

While TMJ symptoms can vary dramatically from person to person, some of them may include:

  • Clicking or popping in your jaw joint
  • Being unable to open or close your mouth fully
  • Your teeth not coming together completely
  • Pain in your jaw joints
  • Facial, neck, or shoulder pain
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Tinnitus
  • Worn or shortened teeth

How Are TMJ Disorders Treated?

Clenching and grinding occur more commonly while you are sleeping but can also occur during the day.  Treatment for bruxism usually involves creating a night guard or splint to protect your teeth from damage.

If you suffer from symptoms of TMJ disorders or bruxism, call our office to schedule an evaluation. We will be able to recommend treatment to keep you comfortable and protect your teeth from damage.