TMJ Therapy Service
Does your jaw feel stiff?
Do you have difficulty opening your mouth wide?
Are your teeth sensitive to cold drinks?
Do your jaw muscles feel tired in the morning?
You may be grinding your teeth at night ( a medical condition called bruxism) or you may be clenching your teeth, which can be just as harmful as grinding. People with night-time grinding habits may wear away their teeth enamel ten times faster than those without "abusive chewing habits". Eventually, your teeth may be worn down and destroyed.
In addition to relieving head, neck, jaw-joint and shoulder pains, treating bruxism and clenching is COST EFFECTIVE, compared to ignoring the condition and exposing teeth to continued grinding. Without treatment, crowns, bridges, implants and dentures are often needed to repair or replace worn and damaged teeth. Ask us if a nightguard can help to provide temporary relief from grinding, bruxing or clenching.
What causes snoring?
Many patients are unaware that they are grinding their teeth because it often happens while they sleep. They may wake with a headache, toothache or a sore jaw muscles. In addition to causing discomfort, grinding can wear away or fracture tooth enamel and may eventually loosen teeth. Although the causes of bruxism are not really known, several factors may be involved. Stressful situation, problems sleeping, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth may be responsible. Regular dental checkups are important to detect damage in the early stages. We can diagnose and treat your abnormal biting problem.