Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can severely affect your teeth and jaw, and may be due to teeth grinding (bruxism) or clenching of the teeth. Both are common habits or even reflexes that happen mostly at night and are difficult to stop.
Evaluating Your Jaw for TMJ Problems
If caught and treated early, it can prevent pain and devastating tooth loss. Some complications of tooth grinding and clenching are
- Broken crowns
- Broken fillings
- Fractured teeth
- Localised gum recession
- Strain on the TMJ joints
- Uneven, rough or sharp surfaces of the teeth
Making a Plan to Treat the Cause
Surprisingly, the majority of TMJ sufferers are unaware that the source of their problems is something our dentists can effectively treat. These habits can lead to temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome, which usually involves severe headaches, jaw pain, clicking in the jaw, difficulty opening and closing the mouth, locking of the jaw and ringing in the ears.
Your comfort and well-being are at the heart of what we do at Crown Dental Group. Pain relief is our dentist’s first consideration and then we’ll devise an immediate plan to treat the underlying cause.