Do you awaken with headaches or earaches?
Do you have frequent jaw pain or does your jaw pop?
These symptoms can be a common sign of teeth grinding.
It’s difficult for you to know whether you grind your teeth or not because it’s often something that happens at night when you’re fast asleep and completely oblivious to it! The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the joint responsible for opening and closing the mouth. A TMJ disorder is a very broad term that covers problems with the jaw joint, and facial muscles and nerves. So tooth grinding is classed as a TMJ disorder.
Although for some people this can cause no symptoms at all, for others a big problem with tooth grinding is that it can cause your teeth to wear down, which can end up damaging the teeth and changing the shape of them. You may not be able to notice this yourself, especially in the early stages, so it is important to have regular dental check ups as your dentist will spot the signs. TMJ therapy can offer relief from symptoms and restore your dental health.
Tooth grinding (or bruxism) almost always happens as a symptom of another problem, and in most cases it is linked to stress or anxiety. Other factors that may play a part are antidepressant medication, smoking, drinking alcohol, and taking recreational drugs. This is why we always take a medical history when you come to see us as it helps us get an overall picture of your dental health and factors that may affect it… we’re not just being nosy!
At Buckle Advanced Dental Care in Wirral, Dr. Ian Buckle is highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ-related issues, so if you feel concerned that you may be grinding your teeth, you are definitely in safe hands with us! To book an appointment and discuss your worries, simply call 0151 353 8943 and speak to a member of our friendly team.