TEETH GRINDING AND JAW PAIN

woman with headacheGRINDING YOUR TEETH

Teeth grinding, medically known as bruxism, affects about 8 percent of adults. Whether this is a new issue or something you’ve dealt with for all your life, this can be a serious problem. However, are you having a hard time determining whether this is a big enough problem to seek medical care for?

Some signs that it’s time to seek treatment:

  • You fracture a tooth or notice severe wear
  • Chronic grinding – you grind your teeth most nights
  • You wake up with a headache
  • You take antidepressants (some types cause teeth grinding)

No matter what sort of symptoms you are experiencing due to teeth grinding, it is worth discussing. Are you dealing with jaw pain or other dental pain? Let us know what you are experiencing, and we can discuss possible treatment options including a mouth guard. At Bhargava Family Dentistry, we help many people in our Wichita office with this issue.

JAW PAIN & TMJ

TMJ or TMD (Tempomandibular Joint Disorder) refers to a variety of conditions that affect TM joints, jaw muscles and facial nerves. You may experience such problems as feeling your jaw pop when you open your mouth, close it or move your jaw side to side.

An evaluation of your tempomandibular joint can be done by our dentists. We also fabricate splits and bite guards designed to aid in treating TMJ symptoms, migraines, and teeth grinding.

Night guards are often helpful for those dealing with issues of teeth grinding.
See our helpful guide to the proper home care use and cleaning of night guards.