The temporomandibular joint or TMJ is what connects your jaw to your skull. It is a hinge-like joint that allows for proper jaw movement when speaking, yawning or chewing. When this joint is not functioning correctly, it is referred to as TMJ or TMD.
Bruxism is a condition that means you grind and clench your teeth during sleep.
These disorders are often related and can be detrimental to your oral health and well-being.
Your dentist in Katoomba may be able to help.
Signs of TMJ and Bruxism
Signs of TMJ may include a popping sound in the jaw joint when yawning, chewing or speaking.
Other symptoms may include:
- Jaw, neck and shoulder pain
- Worn teeth, fractures and cavities—especially if the condition is related to bruxism
Symptoms of bruxism mimic the symptoms of TMJ. You may wake in the morning with jaw pain, tooth, neck and shoulder aches and even tooth fractures and cavities over time.
Treatment for TMJ and bruxism may save your oral health and restore your wellness.
TMJ and Bruxism Treatment in Katoomba
Our compassionate dentist creates a treatment plan that works for you. We may start with a conservative approach such as recommendations for lifestyle changes, specific exercises or resting the jaw.
We may also create a custom mouth guard to prevent grinding and clenching during sleep. This is a comfortable appliance that gently separates your upper and lower jaw during rest. It may also stop your TMJ symptoms.
The goals of our therapy are to keep your teeth and gums healthy while alleviating your pain.
Are You Suffering from Jaw Pain?
Our dentist in Katoomba provides an evaluation to check on the health of your jaw joint and teeth. We can recognise the signs of TMJ and bruxism and always prefer to start treatment before your teeth and comfort are at significant risk.
We welcome your call to get started.