TMJ and Bruxism

If you are suffering from chronic pain in your head, neck, or shoulders but you are not sure of the source, you might have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ disorders can also cause other chronic conditions, including ringing in the ears and dizziness.

You don’t have to live with these chronic symptoms. Getting an accurate TMJ diagnosis at GB Dental in Houston can mean treatment that will end your pain for good.

What Is TMJ?

TMJ (also sometimes called TMD) refers to a group of related disorders of the temporomandibular joint and the surrounding muscles and tendons. The TMJ connects the upper jaw (temporal bone) to the lower jaw (mandible).

The TMJ is the joint that enables us to open and close our mouth. If the joint becomes inflamed, you will probably experience pain, and it can also prevent you from being able to open and close your mouth all the way.

If your upper and lower jaw don’t meet properly when you bite down, this can also cause problems. People who grind their teeth—a condition called bruxism—are also prone to TMJ issues.

What Are Some of the Signs of TMJ Disorders?

Because TMJ disorders can cause different issues with different patients, symptoms can vary but often include:

  • Pain or difficulty chewing, speaking, or yawning because the TMJ is “stuck”
  • A clicking sound at the TMJ when opening and closing the mouth
  • Chronic headaches, migraines, or neck and shoulder pain
  • Pain or ringing in the ears
  • Worn or shortened teeth from teeth grinding
  • Teeth that don’t come together when biting down, or malocclusion

How Can TMJ Disorders Be treated?

Conditions of TMJ involve many different symptoms, often making the disorders difficult to diagnose. At our office, Dr. Bharwani will spend time doing a thorough history and exam to first come up with the root cause of the pain before determining a course of treatment. Proper diagnosis is crucial for patients to experience a significant reduction in pain.

TMJ disorders can be treated in numerous ways, including a bite adjustment or a mouthguard. The bite adjustment can mean less stress on your jaw because your upper and lower jaws are meeting properly. A mouthguard to wear at night while sleeping can also be helpful for those who suffer from bruxism.

Most of the time, patients are surprised at how easily chronic pain can be corrected with simple treatment modalities that are both inexpensive and simple to follow.  Dr. Bharwani is a firm believer in educating patients on the importance of consistency in following treatment.

Call GD Dental if You Are Experience Chronic Jaw, Head, and Neck Pain

You don’t have to live with chronic pain from TMJ disorders. Call Dr. Bharwani today so he can perform an assessment and make an accurate diagnosis. We look forward to seeing you and helping you find relief!