TMJ and Bruxism

Do you often wake up in the morning with sore jaws or a splitting headache? Are your teeth worn, sensitive, or chipped? If so, you may have a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) or bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching). 

TMJ is a common affliction many American adults experience. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, TMJ disorders affect more than 10 million Americans, and it also seems to affect women more than men. 

At Dynamite Smiles Dentistry, we want to make sure every aspect of your oral health is cared for. We offer effective treatments for TMJ and bruxism so you can enjoy a painless, comfortable smile free of damage, decay, and sensitivity. 

What Is TMJ and Bruxism?

Temporomandibular joint disorder affects the jaw joints, also known as the temporomandibular joints. This joint connects the lower jaw to the skull, allowing the jaw to move.

Misaligned TMJ joints can overstimulate the muscles and nerves, causing a variety of symptoms. Overworked facial muscles can also lead to teeth grinding and clenching, a condition known as bruxism.

Grinding and clenching the teeth can lead to significant wear, breaks, and bite problems if left untreated. 

Common Signs and Symptoms of TMJ 

TMJ can be a very painful condition that results in difficulties biting, chewing, yawning, smiling, laughing, and even speaking. TMJ can greatly affect the quality of a person’s life and oral health, which is why accessible and effective treatment is so crucial. 

Though TMJ symptoms vary from person to person, common ones may include:

  • Lockjaw
  • Tooth sensitivity 
  • Difficulty opening the mouth
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Worn or shortened teeth
  • Grinding and clenching your teeth 
  • Pain or soreness in the jaws 
  • Facial, neck, or should pain or stiffness
  • Popping or clicking in your jaw joints 

If you have any of these symptoms or you suspect you may have TMJ, we recommend calling to schedule an appointment with Dr. Saba Heday for a gentle oral health evaluation. 

TMJ and Bruxism Treatment in Scottsdale, AZ

To determine if you suffer from TMJ or bruxism, Dr. Heday performs a comprehensive evaluation to ensure we identify, diagnose, and treat the issue to protect your oral and physical health. 

Oftentimes, TMJ and bruxism are related to a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea. Dr. Heday will screen you for TMJ, bruxism, and sleep apnea to pinpoint the origin of your pain and discomfort. 

There are non-surgical treatments for TMJ that may help relieve pain and reduce dental damage and wear. Dynamite Smiles Dentistry primarily prescribes mouthguards and nightguards to help treat TMJ and bruxism. 

Mouthguards and Nightguards 

To alleviate pain and discomfort from TMj and bruxism, Dr. Heday can provide you with a customized mouthguard to wear during the day or a nightguard to wear while you sleep. Mouthguards and nightguards reposition the jaws, protect the teeth from wear, and cushion your jaws so they don’t tighten or overstimulate. 

Invisalign

Invisalign can be used to correct misaligned or crowded teeth and reposition your bite. When you have straighter teeth, there is less stress and pressure placed on your jaws, and there is a lower risk of dental damage and wear. 

Tooth Reconstruction

Tooth reconstruction can correct collapsed bites with missing teeth or excessive enamel wear. This method involves restoring the teeth to their correct size, shape, and height to ensure the jaws line up properly. 

Relaxation Techniques

In addition to providing mouthguards, orthodontics, and dental restorations, Dr. Heday can offer suggestions for relaxation techniques. Some of these techniques may include stretching and stress relief.

Are You Ready for Jaw Pain Relief?

If you are looking for a gentle and understanding dentist who can treat TMJ or bruxism, Dr. Heday at Dynamite Smiles Dentistry can help you. 

Call our dental office today to schedule your evaluation, and we can help relieve your TMJ pain.