TMJ and Bruxism
TMJ and Bruxism in Medina, OH
Do you find yourself clenching your jaw without noticing? Are you waking up with jaw pain that stays with you all day? Pain and discomfort can sometimes be temporary, but in some dental cases, the problem may never go away.
At Frontier Dental, our goal is to keep our patients pain-free and healthy. Ongoing discomfort from different disorders are symptoms that we can treat. If you are in Medina, OH or the surrounding Cleveland metro area and are experiencing joint pain, you may have TMJ dysfunction or bruxism.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ or TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. The joint that connects your jaw to your skull is something we never think about until we start feeling pain and discomfort. Patients who suffer from TMJ are acutely aware of how the joint is critical to everyday activities such as talking, laughing, eating, yawning, or coughing.
Since there are many causes of TMJ, diagnosis can be difficult. The symptoms that accompany TMJ are also associated with other dental issues, such as toothaches or sinus infections.
Some of the more common symptoms of TMJ include:
- Pain in the form of headaches, earaches, or neck aches
- Clicking noises when you open your jaw
- Tender spots around the jaw
- Pain when chewing or opening the jaw
- Difficulty opening or closing the jaw
- Increased jaw pain in the morning or evening
- Pain around the ear
If you experience one or more symptoms, Dr. Karunagaran can perform an oral examination and take x-rays to determine if TMJ is the source. Our Medina, OH dental office understands the discomfort and pain TMJ sufferers experience, and we can provide a variety of treatment methods to relieve the symptoms.
Our treatment options range from pain medications to mouthguard to help with clenching. Our priority is your comfort, and we have many techniques we can employ to end your discomfort.
Bruxism is a dental condition that involves grinding, chewing, or clenching your teeth. Sometimes patients unconsciously clench their teeth when they are awake, or when sleeping.
Sleep bruxism is also associated with other sleep disorders, such as snoring or sleep apnea.
If left untreated, bruxism can lead to TMJ, headaches, broken teeth and other oral issues. Some signs of bruxism include:
- Teeth grinding
- Chipped teeth
- Worn tooth enamel
- Pain and sensitivity in teeth
- Tired jaw muscles
- Soreness in the jaw, neck, or face area
- Disrupted sleep
- Earaches or headaches
When to See Your Dentist
Contact Frontier Dental in Medina, OH if you have one or more of the symptoms listed above, or if you have any issues with your teeth or jaw. Living with pain affects all areas of your life, including your health and wellbeing. We are here to help you!