Naples Dental and Wellness Center

TMJ and Bruxism

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Naples, FL
TMJ and Bruxism

TMJ and Bruxism services offered in Naples, FL

If left untreated, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders and bruxism can lead to discomfort and potential long-term dental issues. At Naples Dental and Wellness Center in Naples, Florida, experienced dentist Rodion Pinkhasov, DMD, evaluates TMJ and bruxism, or teeth grinding, and offers treatments and prevention. Call or use the online tool to book an appointment and get customized care today.

What is TMJ, and how does it affect oral health?

The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is a major facial joint connecting your jawbone to your skull. It plays an important role in your ability to speak, chew, and yawn comfortably. A temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) can happen when one or more of the joints become inflamed or damaged due to factors like stress, injury, or misalignment. 

Symptoms of TMJD may include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Clicking or popping noises
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth 

Without treatment, TMJD can lead to chronic discomfort and impact your overall oral health.

How does bruxism relate to your TMJ?

Bruxism is the habitual grinding or clenching of teeth, often occurring unconsciously during sleep. It can lead to excessive wear on your teeth, tooth sensitivity, and even cracked or broken teeth. 

Bruxism is closely related to TMJDs, as the constant pressure on the jaw joint from grinding can contribute to joint pain and dysfunction. If you have bruxism, you’re more prone to developing TMJ issues, and vice versa.

What are the causes of TMJ and bruxism?

TMJ disorders can result from a combination of factors, including:

  • Stress
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Arthritis
  • Teeth grinding

Bruxism has similar causes, like stress and anxiety, bite misalignment, missing teeth, and even lifestyle factors like caffeine or alcohol consumption.

How do you diagnose TMJ and bruxism?

If you’re experiencing symptoms such as jaw pain, clicking sounds, or teeth sensitivity, Dr. Pinkhasov can perform a comprehensive examination. This may involve analyzing your bite, checking for muscle tenderness, and utilizing imaging techniques like X-rays to assess the joint's condition. 

For bruxism, Dr. Pinkhasov may also look for signs of tooth wear and discuss any symptoms you might be experiencing.

How do you treat TMJ and bruxism?

Dr. Pinkhasov customizes treatment to your particular symptoms and case. For TMJ disorders, he offers conservative treatments like jaw exercises, lifestyle modifications, and pain management techniques. In more severe cases, he may prescribe dental appliances, such as splints or mouthguards. 

If you have bruxism, a customized nightguard can protect your teeth from the effects of grinding. Stress management, relaxation techniques, and behavior modification are other ways to manage both conditions.

If you’re bothered by TMJ issues or bruxism, contact Naples Dental and Wellness Center. Call the office to schedule an appointment, or use this website to book online today.