Do you frequently experience jaw pain? Do you grind your teeth while you sleep? If you’re curious if you could benefit from a TMJ treatment or teeth grinding treatment, contact Bell Dental Group for a free consultation!
At our Cincinnati, OH dentist office, Dr. Chuck Bell, Dr. Dave Bell Jr., Dr. Mary Petrie, Dr. Maggie Ernst, and our professional dental team offer a variety of dental services to help you improve your oral health and beyond!
Common Symptoms Of TMJ DisorderDr. Charles Bell on TMJ and Teeth Grinding Read Transcript
The subject of TMJ and bruxism or teeth grinding is really something that's been a problem for dentistry for a long time. People grind their teeth for a variety of reasons. People have TMJ symptoms for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it can be pretty challenging to really figure out what's going on. Some people need Invisalign because their bite's off. The bite being off is causing the teeth grinding. It's causing spasm of the muscles and kind of throwing the whole system off.
In some cases, it can be kind of an acute situation where maybe we have to use a bite plane, kind of like a neck guard, to even out the bite and kind of give the muscles some relief, if you will. Sometimes there's medication involved. It's a real problem for a lot of people. I always joke with patients when I look at their teeth and say, I think you grind your teeth, and they're, No, I don't grind my teeth. I'm like, Well look at them. There has to be a reason. Something's going on here.
A lot of times it's kind of underground. They really don't know they're doing it. There's really no symptoms. Sometimes people get sensitivity of their teeth maybe, but a lot of times it kind of goes under the radar, and if you don't catch it early enough, you only get one layer of enamel. Once it's gone, then there's some issues. So treating it early is really a good idea.
TMJ, short for temporomandibular joint, is just a fancy term for your highly complex jaw joints.
Because the symptoms of TMJ disorder (TMD) overlap with many other afflictions, it’s important you visit Bell Dental Group for a proper diagnosis. That said, if you are experiencing any of the following, you may be suffering from TMD:
- Pain, tenderness, or swelling in your jaw, face, ear area, or upper shoulder
- A jaw that gets “stuck” in either the opened or closed position
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds when you open and close your mouth
- Pain or sensitivity while chewing
Teeth grinding can also be a symptom of TMD or a separate issue entirely. We can determine the causes of your discomfort and offer custom solutions!
Personalized Solutions For Jaw Problems
When you visit us for help with teeth grinding or jaw pain, we will carefully assess your situation to provide the best treatment possible. In most cases, a custom mouthguard or another form of oral appliance should do the trick.
Just wear the mouthguard while you sleep to prevent teeth grinding and other causes of tension in your jaw joints. This will allow your TMJ to rest and heal, thereby relieving the inflammation and pain.