TMJ: What You Need to Know about TMJ and Bruxism

glebejan3Did you wake up with a sore jaw this morning, or a persistent headache you simply can’t shift? Is it painful to move your jaw or does it pop or click when you talk or yawn? It could be TMJ.

What is TMJ?

TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder is a painful problem that affects your temporomandibular joints. These are your jaw joints and they are two of the most used joints in your body. If these joints are misaligned or have become sore and inflamed, then the pain can cause headaches and facial pain that can even spread into your neck and shoulders. Problems can arise as the result of an injury or accident, or could be due to rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism, where people will clench or grind their teeth during sleep is a relatively common condition but can place the jaw joints under considerable stress. Bruxism also places your teeth and gums under a lot of pressure and can result in tooth fractures and gum recession, or in the worst cases may even lead to tooth loss.

Diagnosing and treating TMJ and Bruxism

If you do have problems with your jaws then please contact us so we can make a proper diagnosis. Our dentists here at Glebe Dental can soon determine the problem through conducting a thorough examination of your teeth and jaws. The most straightforward treatment is for us to make a night guard or splint for you. This will fit over your upper teeth and is made from a tough clear plastic material, preventing your teeth from contacting and reducing pressure on your jaw joints.