Bruxism and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ/TMD) are two painful conditions that can affect your quality of life. We can create a treatment plan for you to help your condition and make your life more comfortable.
- Bruxism is the medical name for teeth grinding or clenching. You might have dental problems, an aching jaw, or even a cracked tooth and not realize that the problem is that you have been grinding your teeth.
- If left untreated, the results can be quite problematic including: Headaches; Jaw pain; Loose teeth; Fractured teeth; Worn teeth; Hearing loss; or TMJ/TMD
- At North Hobart Dental, we can help set you up with a mouth guard and teach you additional tactics that can help you cope with your bruxism.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
- Temporomandibular joint disorders occur when the temporomandibular joint of the jaw (the place where your lower jaw is hinged to your skull) becomes injured or inflamed.
- TMJ/TMD can have multiple causes. Some of the most common are bruxism, dislocation of the cushioning disc within the joint, arthritis or injury to the jaw including blunt trauma and whiplash
- If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, you should be evaluated for TMJ/TMD: Pain in your face, jaw, neck, or shoulders, especially when chewing, speaking, or yawning; clicking and popping in the jaw joint; “locking” of the jaw; swelling; fatigue in the jaw; difficulty chewing; headaches or sensitive teeth.
- Call North Hobart Dental today to set up a treatment plan for your bruxism or TMJ/TMD. You shouldn’t have to suffer when help is available.