TMJ & Bruxism
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a medical condition in which an individual grinds and clenches their teeth involuntarily, most frequently at night. Often, bruxism manifests temporarily during times of stress, however, some individuals suffer from more severe chronic bruxism.
What is TMJ?
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, commonly known as the jaw joint. The jaw joint is located at the base of the skull below the ears and is felt when opening and closing the jaw. It can become inflamed as a result of bruxism, causing severe pain and TMJ disorders.
Symptoms and Treatment of TMJ Disorder and Bruxism:
Sensitive teeth, pain in the neck and shoulders, headaches, tension in the jaw, abnormal tooth wear, and teeth grinding are all common symptoms of TMJ and Bruxism.
One of the most common treatments is known as occlusal splint therapy, which utilizes a special mouth guard prescribed by your dentist at night to help relieve the pressure on the jaw and protect the teeth from grinding. In severe advanced cases, surgery on the jaw area may be required.