What is TMD and Bruxism?
TMD is short for temporomandibular joint disorder, a painful condition that can affect your jaw joints (temporomandibular joints) and the muscles associated with these joints. It is often linked to bruxism, where people will clench or grind their teeth and this places considerable stress not only on the teeth, but also on the jaw joints. As a result, teeth can become worn down and chipped or will even fracture completely; gums can recede and the jaw joints are more likely to become inflamed and sore. You may find it painful to open your mouth or your jaw might pop or click as you move it.
How is TMD and Bruxism Diagnosed and Treated?
We can diagnose these conditions quite easily through thoroughly examining your mouth, although we may suggest dental x-rays to assess the condition of your jaw joints and any damage to your teeth and jawbone. The most straightforward method of treating bruxism is for us to provide a custom-made night guard that will fit over your teeth, preventing clenching and grinding while you sleep. Bruxism can be worsened by stress, so taking action to reduce any stressful situations may be helpful and some people find cutting out stimulants such as tea, coffee and alcohol to be useful.