If you’re a teeth grinder, you’re likely already familiar with bruxism, but for those who aren’t, bruxism is a condition where a person grinds, clenches, or gnashes their teeth, which can lead to tooth sensitivity, worn teeth, damaged teeth, and sore jaws.
50% of people unconsciously grind their teeth; in fact, they may not even know they do it without being made aware of it from a partner, friend, or their dentist. It can be done during the night when the person is asleep or simply sitting at their desk while at work.
If a person hears from a partner or friend that they have teeth grinding issues, they can simply visit their local dentist to get a mouthguard to help protect their teeth. However, with regular dental cleaning exams, we will be able to detect if you have a bruxism issue and may suggest using a mouthguard.
It’s important to note that catching bruxism early on, helps save lots of money down the road against costly tooth repair - tooth repair that could be prevented with the low cost of a mouth guard.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD, TMJ)
TMD (also commonly referred to as TMJ) is a disorder in the temporomandibular joint that causes a person pain and discomfort for short or long periods of time. The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the jaw to the skull and causes for pain in this area aren’t exactly known by researchers, but some leading studies have suggested it is due to the following:
- Injury to the temporomandibular joint
If you’re experiencing pain in the temporomandibular joint, let our team help get you relief. Make an appointment now by calling us at 802-476-8700.