End Jaw Pain and Bruxism with Teeth Grinding Treatment in Tulsa, OK
Pain is a sign that something is wrong. It’s not something you’re supposed to deal with every day. Yet if you are suffering from temporomandibular disorder (TMD), that’s likely what you’re doing. TMD is a potentially serious condition that happens when your jaw joints (called TMJ) become sore and stressed. You need TMJ treatment from our Tulsa, OK dentist office to stop the pain once and for all.
Symptoms Of TMJ Problems
Of course, the main symptom of a TMJ disorder is pain in your jaw. You could also experience popping and clicking sounds when you move your jaw. Because your muscles are all interconnected, however, TMJ problems can have wide-reaching effects. The pain can spread throughout your upper body, causing discomfort in your neck, shoulders, upper back, ears, and head. Tinnitus or ringing in the ears can also happen with TMD. In extreme cases, you may have trouble opening and closing your mouth.
The Bruxism Connection to TMJ
Bruxism is related to TMD. In this condition, you grind your teeth unconsciously. This happens mostly at night but can happen any time. All of that grinding starts to wear down your enamel, weakening your teeth. It also causes jaw pain. Your jaw is supposed to rest at night. When you have bruxism, it puts extra stress on your TMJ.
There’s some debate over whether TMJ pain causes bruxism or whether it’s the other way around. Since both get worse thanks to stress, it’s possible that stress is the cause. Either way, your teeth are getting damaged and your TMD is getting worse.
Treat TMJ Pain
At our Tulsa, OK dental office, you can get help for both TMJ pain and for bruxism. Dr. Cobble can provide a custom oral appliance, a device you wear over your teeth at night. It’s very similar to a nightguard. When you wear it while sleeping, it protects your teeth against all of that grinding from bruxism. It also shifts your jaw slightly. This takes some pressure off your TMJ, giving it more time to rest and heal. Over time, this could also help shift your jaw into a better position.
Additionally, we can recommend some simple at-home TMJ treatment or techniques and changes in habits that can reduce TMJ-related symptoms.
TMJ Problem Can Cause Migraines
The pain that comes with TMD and bruxism can spread throughout your upper body. It can also lead to headaches and migraines. That’s because of the stress put on your jaw joints by all of that tension and teeth grinding. Getting a dental appliance a common bruxism and TMJ treatment can help alleviate your headaches and migraines.