TMJ and Bruxism

Eating food is one of life's divine pleasures, but when a tight jaw, chipping teeth, and a headache get in the way then you may be clenching or grinding your teeth.

The temporomandibular joint is one of the most complex joints in the body. It links the lower jaw to the base of your skull with the aid of muscles and a piece of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber and protects your bones from wear and tear. You may not be aware of it but stress levels are a huge contributor to teeth grinding. You may look towards yoga, pilates and meditation to release your inner tensions, although this may not help your chompers. There are a few techniques for TMJ treatments, the most common being a nightguard.

Professional nightguards can help if you:

  • Wake up from your sleep with your teeth tight together
  • Wake up in the morning with sore, tense muscles of the face
  • Have a clicking or popping of the TMJ
  • Have frequent chipping of the teeth
  • Have stresslines through the teeth
  • Had a partner mentioning a grinding noise at night time

Making a professional nightguard is relatively straightforward and a simple way to prevent TMJ disorders and worn, broken teeth. First appointment involves impressions in soft putty of your top and bottom teeth which will be sent to the dental laboratory. A the second appointment, in approximately one week, we will fit your custom made nightguard and give you instructions on wearing it and how to keep it clean.

Ask your dentist at The Northside Dentist for more information.