Lucio H. Kim DDS

Can teeth grinding cause TMJ disorder?

If you grind and clench your teeth (bruxism), it is essential to contact your dentist in Glendale, CA to look into nightguard therapy. Bruxism can lead to TMJ and other health complications like worn teeth, fractures, cavities, headaches, neck pain, and more.

When you grind and clench your teeth—often during sleep—you can damage your temporomandibular joints. These are the joints that connect your upper and lower jaws.

Signs of TMJ include:

  • Popping or clicking sound in the jaw
  • Jaw locking
  • Jaw pain
  • Headache
  • Neck and shoulder pain

If your TMJ results from bruxism, you may also experience:

  • Worn teeth
  • Tooth fractures
  • Toothaches
  • Sensitivity

In some cases, the symptoms of TMJ and bruxism overlap—headaches, neck, and jaw pain are good examples.

Your dentist in Glendale provides bruxism and TMJ therapy to help keep your jaw in line and your teeth healthy. To achieve this, we create a custom nightguard. This appliance gently separates your upper and lower jaw so you can sleep easily and wake refreshed and without the pain.

To Learn Whether a Custom Nightguard in Glendale Is Right for You, Contact Us

Our dentist can evaluate your case, look for the telltale signs of bruxism, and prescribe treatment for you. If you’re ready to get started, we are here to chat.

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