TMJ & Bruxism Treatment

Do you commonly wake up with a headache or jaw, neck, or shoulder pain? These and other symptoms that include pain in the face, mouth, or jaw can signify that you’re grinding your teeth, and your temporomandibular joint or TMJ may be the culprit.

For some people, TMJ disorder (TMD) symptoms can be so severe that they have a profound, detrimental impact on their quality of life. At Woodbury Dental Care, we have helped many patients break free from pain using a customized dental appliance.

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

The temporomandibular joints are the jaw joints that connect your lower jaw to the head and control the movement of the mouth. However, the term is commonly used interchangeably with dysfunction of the joint called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD. These disorders involve the TMJs, jaw muscles, and nerves.

The cause of TMD is not always straightforward; it could be due to excessive strain on the TMJs and the surrounding muscles, such as strain that occurs due to teeth grinding or bruxism. Arthritis, displacement of the TMJ disks, or injury to the jaw, neck, or head can also cause TMJ pain.

What Are Symptoms of TMD?

Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ pain and disorder are:

  • Jaw soreness or pain
  • Headaches
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
  • Pain radiating behind the eyes, face, neck, or shoulder
  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Limited mouth movement
  • A change in the dental bite

How We Treat TMJ Pain and Symptoms

Fortunately, treating TMJ symptoms is not complicated, and our dentist can minimize symptoms without the need for complex jaw surgery. The first step is a thorough evaluation at our Woodbury, MN, dental office that includes evaluating your dental bite and jaw movement.

Teeth grinding or bruxism is a common culprit of TMJ disorders and pain. Many people who grind their teeth do so during sleep and may not be aware that it’s happening. Our dentists will look for excessive tooth wearing, which means you're grinding your teeth.

For many patients, wearing a custom mouthguard during sleep is helpful because it limits teeth grinding and gives the TMJ a chance to rest and recover. This appliance is specifically designed to reduce the discomfort associated with TMJ symptoms, including teeth grinding, headaches, and migraines.

Since stress is a common cause of teeth grinding, calming therapies like yoga and meditation have also proven very helpful.

TMJ Pain Solutions Customized for Your Needs

There's no reason to endure painful and frustrating TMJ symptoms with all the resources at our disposal. Our team of dentists is dedicated to providing the most effective, up-to-date dental health solutions available. We will take all the time necessary to work with you to find the treatment that best fits your needs and restores your quality of life.

If you need TMJ pain relief, please contact our Woodbury, MN, dental office to schedule an appointment for an evaluation. Our convenient extended morning and evening hours allow you to easily get in to see us before or after work.