Do You Have Symptoms of TMD?
Did you know that your chronic fatigue and headaches could be caused by a TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder)? You may not be aware of harmful nighttime teeth grinding habits that are putting your oral health and your quality of life at risk.
Some TMD symptoms include:
- Pain or tenderness in the jaw, face, and ear when you speak, chew, or yawn
- Cannot open mouth widely
- Jaws get “stuck” open or closed
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds when the mouth is opened or closed
- Difficulty chewing
- Headaches or neck aches
Factors that contribute to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain include facial trauma, clenching, and arthritis. However, the most common contributing factor is teeth grinding.
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, refers to an unnatural, forceful contact between your teeth. When the powerful clenching forces of your jaw are used to grind your teeth for a prolonged period of time, the stress can cause numerous problems for your temporomandibular joint.
Teeth grinding can also cause:
- Teeth fractures and breaking
- Loosening of teeth
- Tooth loss
- Wearing of teeth
The Waterside Experience
How to Reduce TMJ Disorder Symptoms
Our team at Waterside Dental in Bradenton, will diagnose your TMD symptoms and determine its root cause. We may recommend a number of methods to prevent or reduce teeth grinding such as reducing consumption of caffeine and alcohol, avoiding chewing foreign objects such as pen/pencils, ice, and relaxing your jaw before bed time.
Often, an occlusal adjustment is recommended to correct any misalignments of the bite. For an occlusal adjustment our team will mark and smooth down the areas of your teeth that are rubbing against each other little by little until your teeth meet together in their proper bite.