Chipped teeth, headaches, gum recession and sensitive teeth can all be indicators that you grind or clench your teeth, even if you are not aware of it. While it is not guaranteed, these habits often increase the risk of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD can be painful, making it difficult to chew or speak, or cause the jaw to lock up entirely. Popping or clicking when you open or close your mouth are signs that the source of your concerns may be your TMJ.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jawbone to the skull. This allows us to move the jaw from side to side and up and down so we can speak and chew. Problems with this joint are referred to as a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
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Many patients experience TMD, teeth grinding, and clenching for a variety of reasons. If the source of the dysfunction is not identified and treated, patients can experience chips or fractures of the teeth, pain and deterioration in the joint or muscles, and headaches. To correct the bite and alleviate symptoms of TMD or teeth grinding, we may recommend an appliance, adjustments to the bite, and other treatments. If you have been suffering from headaches, muscle tension, or persistent tooth fractures we at Empower Dental can help.