Posts Categorized: TMJ / Bruxism

Waking Up With Dental Pain? Bruxism May Be The Culprit

When you wake up with pain in your teeth and jaws in the mornings, you may be dealing with the consequences of bruxism. People who habitually find themselves experiencing this type of discomfort may be unaware that they are grinding their teeth while sleep. It should be noted that this condition, bruxism, can lead to… Read more »

Issues With Stiff, Painful Jaw Movement? Tell Your Dentist

You might be looking forward to your favorite meal for lunch or dinner, but ongoing problems with your jaw can diminish this experience. After all, imagine trying to work your way through biting and chewing when your jaw motions are stiff, or limited. In some cases, jaw problems will worsen until you are finding it… Read more »

Countering Pain And Dental Damage Caused By Bruxism

Dealing with bruxism means dealing with chronic jaw pain, and facing the risk of significant dental damage. Because people affected by bruxism are grinding their teeth unconsciously, you may not immediately link ongoing issues like facial pain and dental sensitivity with this issue. What you should know is that patients often grind their teeth at… Read more »

Do You Have Bruxism?

Many dental health issues can be identified by how they make your teeth and/or gums look. For instance, a cavity might create a discolored area on your tooth, and gum disease can make some teeth look longer by causing your gums to recede. Habitually grinding your teeth (bruxism) can gradually change your smile’s appearance, as… Read more »

Stiff, Achy Jaw? Find Out Why!

Do you wake up every morning with a stiff and achy jaw? You may clench and grind while you sleep (brux), or you may be suffering from a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. Not only can TMJ disorders be caused by bruxing, bruxing can also be a symptom of a TMJ. Bruxing is much easier to… Read more »

A Different Way To Treat TMJ and Bruxing

TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) and bruxing, the chronic gnashing or grinding and clenching of your teeth, can often be related. TMJ can lead to bruxing and bruxing can lead to TMJ. Both can lead to pain and tension in facial muscles, jaw joints, head, neck, and shoulders, and bruxing can lead to severely worn and/or… Read more »

Is Your Jaw Sore And Achy?

Pain or discomfort in your jaw can be a sign of bruxing (chronic grinding and clenching your teeth) or TMJ, temporomandibular joint disorder. Sometimes the two are related. One can cause the other and vice versa. Bruxing is easier to diagnose than a TMJ disorder because there will be telltale signs of excessive wear on… Read more »

My Jaw Is Giving Me A Headache!

How can your jaw give you a headache, you may wonder…or neck pain, or tension in your shoulders? The fact is, it can. All the parts of our bodies are connected, not just by bones, but by way of muscles, ligaments, nerves, tissue, veins, arteries, and blood vessels.  For instance, a very large nerve called… Read more »

Why Are My Teeth Tired?

Do your teeth feel tired? That may seem like a silly question, and it actually is. What we mean is do your gums feel tired and achy? Does your jaw feel tired and achy too? Do the roots of your teeth seem to ache? Do you wonder why? If you answer yes to the questions… Read more »

Pop Quiz: Can You Name 3 Treatments for TMJ Disorder?

If your jaw is popping, you may be the perfect person to take this “pop” quiz. TMJ stands for temporo-mandibular joint, aka the joint that connects your jaw to the rest of your head. This complicated piece of anatomy allows you to chew all those fabulous lunches you munch, with both a sliding and a hinging… Read more »