Bruxism and TMJ

Do you find yourself wake up with a headache, pain in jaw muscle and tired? Maybe you suffer from Bruxism and you don’t know it!
Bruxism is a condition characterized by excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching done unconsciously during sleep. Sleep bruxism, can be caused by various factors such as stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, misaligned teeth, or an abnormal bite.
Bruxism can lead to a number of problems. Signs and symptoms of bruxism may include:
  • Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to wake up your sleep partner
  • Teeth that are flattened, fractured, chipped or loose
  • Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of your tooth that lead to tooth damage
  • Increased tooth pain or sensitivity
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Tired or tight jaw muscles, or a locked jaw that won't open or close completely
  • Jaw, neck or face pain or soreness
  • Pain closed to your ear
  • Headaches
  • Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek
  • Sleep disruption
  • People who clench or grind their teeth (brux) during sleep are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and pauses in breathing (sleep apnea).
If you suspect you have bruxism, it is important to consult us. We examine your teeth and jaw and provide appropriate treatment options. Treatment may include wearing a custom-made mouthguard or splint to protect your teeth, practicing stress-reduction techniques, and addressing any underlying causes such as sleep disorders or misaligned teeth.
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