Teeth Grinding

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When you move your jaw, do you hear a clicking or popping noise? Does your jaw joint feel sore or irritated? Do you have headaches or migraines when you wake up? If so, you may be experiencing TMJ disorder, which is a disorder in your temporomandibular joint (the joint that connects your jaw to your skull). The disorder leads to pain in the joint that is associated with its movement, such as with eating, talking, yawning, grinding teeth and similar activities.

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

It is unknown what causes TMJ disorder, or TMD, but it is believed to be influenced by a variety of different conditions. Almost all of the possible causes can be fixed or adjusted to help alleviate the pain you feel. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Stress
  • Improper alignment of the joint
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pulled muscles or inflammation
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Arthritis
  • Jaw injury/trauma

TMJ and Teeth Grinding Treatment Options

If you are experiencing jaw joint pain, it is important that you come in for a consultation. Dr. Anastassatos will evaluate your symptoms and perform a joint analysis to see if you have TMD. If it is found that you do, we will provide you with treatment options to help alleviate the pain you feel. These treatments also function as effective migraine and headache solutions if your head pain is a result of TMD.

We often recommend day and night guards when you grind your teeth. The day or night guard is custom made to fit in your mouth and will keep your teeth from grinding on each other while you go about your daily activities or sleep.

In addition, we will provide you with rehabilitative movements to ensure that you can properly open and close your jaw without irritating the joint. Proper exercise is essential to ensuring that your jaw no longer hurts.

We also offer splints to help keep you from grinding your teeth in the night as this leads to TMJ and also fractures in your teeth. The splint will keep your jaw aligned properly to prevent the actual grinding motion. The splints are custom made to fit in your mouth and are comfortable to wear.

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