Can you bite into ice cream without cringing? Does drinking coffee or eating something hot feel painful to your teeth? You may be a victim of bruxism, or teeth grinding. Grinding your teeth is a catalyst for not only oral health issues but also overall health issues. It can affect your quality of sleep and the food you can eat. Bruxism can cause jaw pain, earaches, headaches, and stress. We know that when you are suffering from this type of pain it is hard to feel like yourself. Fortunately, we offer treatments for teeth grinding and jaw pain, also called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

Teeth grinding can be a nightmare. People who suffer from bruxism clench their teeth most commonly during their sleep. However, bruxism is not limited to the night time. Even during the day, some patients clench or grind their teeth without being aware of it. Constant pressure from grinding weakens teeth and leaves them more vulnerable to breakage and decay. In some cases daily stress, posture, sleeping and eating habits, and ability to relax are all contributing factors to teeth grinding.

Issues with jaw pain, or TMD, are not only caused by bruxism, but also dislocation of the jaw, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and stress which causes a patient to tighten his or her jaw consistently. A person suffering from TMD may experience pain or tenderness in his or her face, shoulders and neck, as well as have difficulty chewing, feel like his or her jaw is stuck, or experience popping sounds in the jaw when opening or closing his or her mouth.

Like bruxism, TMD can hurt your oral and overall health. This is why we recommend treating bruxism and TMD with one of our advanced therapies. To begin sleeping better, feeling more relaxed, and losing some tooth sensitivity, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris to treat your bruxism or TMD. Your dentist will use the advanced technology of digital radiography to take x-rays of your teeth and jawbone. Dedicated to helping you make informed decisions, he will then use the large monitor to display the x-ray and explain his diagnosis to you. Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris may recommend a sleeping apparatus to prevent teeth grinding at night. This apparatus will be custom fit to your mouth and is worn at night. We can also recommend small lifestyle changes or practices that will help you relax and release your jaw pain.