Do you suffer from frequent jaw pain? Do you clench or grind your teeth? You may have TMJ.
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorders, are often caused by a jaw injury, inflammation, or overuse. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common condition that can occur at any age and is a common symptom of TMJ. Adults may unconsciously clench or grind their teeth when awake or asleep. Teeth grinding is generally the result of stress and anxiety, and is often paired with a clenched jaw. Those with an abnormal bite or crooked and missing teeth can be more prone to this condition than others.
Symptoms of TMJ
For many patients, indicators of TMJ may include:
- Tooth Pain
- Grinding Teeth
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Jaw Soreness
- Muscle Soreness
- Loose Teeth
- Fractured Teeth
The health consequences of untreated TMJ are short and long-term. Irritated nerves and facial pain may be short-term, but weakened tooth enamel occurs over time with increased tension. Tooth quality may deteriorate because of the repeated wearing down of teeth caused by TMJ. This can cause severe damage to teeth, jaw muscles, and joints. However, there are multiple solutions that we offer:
- Mouthguards and splint therapy: a custom made mouthguard or splint, also known as a nightguard, is designed to help reposition the bite and eliminate teeth grinding.
- Restorative dental treatments: to address tooth damage and to realign how the teeth make contact when biting, Dr. Thompson may recommend dental bonding, crowns, and other restorative treatments.
- Orthodontics: if malocclusion or crooked teeth are considered a cause of your bite problem, clear aligners may help.
Contact Our Office
If you think you may have a TMJ disorder, call 970.205.9614. You may also request an appointment with Thompson Advanced Dentistry. Our Greeley, CO dentist office is your one-stop-shop for your dental needs.