To alleviate some TMJ disorders, Grand Avenue Smiles works closely with a dental lab to fabricate a custom nightguard. Bruxism is the technical term for grinding and clenching of the teeth that may cause facial pain. People who grind and clench their teeth, called bruxers, unintentionally bite down too hard at inappropriate times, such as in their sleep. In addition to grinding teeth, bruxers also may bite their fingernails, pencils and chew the inside of their cheek. People usually aren’t diagnosed with bruxism until it is too late, as many people don’t realize they have the habit. Others mistakenly believe that their teeth must touch at all times. About one in three people suffer from bruxism, which can easily be treated by a dentist. For additional information about Bruxism, click here.
The three main complaints of patients with TMD are:
- Pain – either in the jaw joint or muscles that move the jaw
- Sounds – such as clicking in the jaw joint
- Limitation of jaw movements which includes difficulty in opening your mouth or locking or difficulty chewing.
Other complaints may include headache, earache, tinnitus (or ringing in the ear), feeling of swelling in the jaw joint or other parts of the face, numbness in the cheek area, difficulty in sleeping or concentrating. All these may be associated with TMJ problems.
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