Teeth Grinding and TMJ Dentistry
Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding needs to be investigated by a dentist as it can be caused by jaw problems — called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
The excess pressure on tissues and muscles around the jaw causes numerous dental problems and symptoms such as a sore jaw, tooth sensitivity, headaches and earaches which should be brought to the dentist’s attention.
You will need treatment to protect your teeth from the damage of bruxism. Treatment by a specialist in TMJ dentistry will focus on:
- Reducing headaches, jaw pain, and other symptoms
- Preventing damage to the teeth and jaw
- Stopping teeth grinding with use of a mouthguard or splint