If Your Jaw Is Sore, You Could Have TMD Or Bruxism

Resolve Jaw Pains, Headaches

Teeth Grinding | TMD | TMJ Treatment in Sterling Heights, MI

Your jaw is controlled by a pair of joints called the temporomandibular joints, which are usually referred to as the TMJ. You use your TMJ whenever you open and close to your mouth to speak, sing, eat, drink, and so on. But as with any joint, it can get overused and sore. Amber Dental offers TMJ treatment  in Sterling Heights, MI that is quick an affordable.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you could have a disorder of the TMJ:

  • Jaw pain
  • Earaches
  • Neck and upper shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Popping or clicking noise when you chew
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth

This disorder is called temporomandibular disorder, or TMD. Because the two terms are so similar, people often use them interchangeably. TMD can be mildly painful to debilitating, depending on the severity of your condition.

What Causes TMJ Pain?

No one is perfectly sure what causes TMD, but some likely culprits include arthritis, an injury to the jaw, malocclusion (or your teeth not fitting properly when you bite), and stress. There is some evidence that bruxism can also trigger TMD, but TMD might also trigger bruxism. Stress is also a suspected cause.

Clenching or Grinding Teeth

Bruxism is the conscious or unconscious clenching of your jaw and grinding of your teeth. It happens most frequently at night while you are asleep, but it can happen any time during the day when your mind wanders or is preoccupied. All of that clenching and grinding puts extra stress on your TMJ, which can lead to the pain associated with TMD. Teeth grinding all the time can also wear out the enamel on your teeth, increasing your sensitivity to heat and cold and leading to a higher risk of tooth decay.

Both TMD and bruxism (teeth grinding)  can cause headaches and migraines. Because the muscles in your body are interconnected, extra stress on one set of muscles can cause discomfort and pain in other. If your jaw joint and its surrounding muscles hurt, that pain can travel into your head and cause chronic headaches.

Take Action Against TMJ Pain, Bruxism

At our Sterling Heights, MI dentist office, we can offer you a special mouthguard that can help with both TMD and bruxism.

  • For TMD issues, the bite guard can be made to gently change how your jaw rests, taking stress away from the TMJ and giving it time to heal.
  • For bruxism, the bite guard protects your teeth from damage due to all of that clenching and grinding.

TMD and bruxism can have a serious impact on the health of your teeth and your body. If you are experiencing pain in your jaw joint, or if you suspect you may be grinding your teeth at night, call the best Sterling Heights, MI dentist at 586-739-1111 today for a Teeth grinding  and TMJ treatment appointment. You can also send us a message using our convenient online form for your Teeth grinding / TMJ Treatment.