clenching and grinding and grinding our teeth can cause inflammation in our Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) and other muscles. This inflammation can cause intense pain, headaches, tooth pain, and make chewing and speaking difficult.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that allows our mouth to open and close. Tempormandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) are a grouping of disorders that involve jaw joints and its muscles. These can cause intense pain and can affect chewing, speaking, daily function, and can cause one’s jaw to lock. You might notice tenderness anywhere in the face, jaw, shoulders, ear, or neck, particularly when talking or eating. It might be challenging to open your mouth widely, or you might hear a click or pop when talking or chewing. TMD can occur on one side of the face or both. These disorders fall into three main areas: sleep apnea induced clenching/grinding, muscular problems, and jaw and muscle problems.
Only a dentist can diagnose which TMD you may be suffering from. Our doctors analyze: jaw sounds, jaw position, how your teeth bite together, jaw muscles, jaw bones, cartilage, and the movement of your jaw in order to properly diagnose your issue. This allows our dentists to give you the correct treatment.