Temporomandibular Joint Disorders are relatively common oral health issues that generally fall into three categories:
- Myofascial Pain — This is the most common TMJ disorder, involving pain or discomfort in your jaw, neck, and shoulder muscles.
- Internal Joint Derangement — This variation describes a dislocated jaw, displaced disc, or an injured condyle, which are rounded projections on your jawbone.
- Degenerative Joint Disease — This describes conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis in your jaw joint.
Symptoms of a TMJ Disorder include:
- Stiffness or locking of your jaw
- Debilitating pain in your face, neck, and shoulders
- Clicking or popping sounds in your jaw as you open and close your mouth
- Significant changes in the alignment of your bite
- Headaches and earaches
- Dizziness or nausea
- Tinnitus and hearing problems
Bruxism is a condition that describes excessive grinding of your teeth, caused by clenching your jaw. The biting force of your jaw while you sleep can be up to six times greater than it is when you’re awake.
Bruxism can have serious consequences for your oral health, including:
- Wearing down your tooth enamel
- Breaking fillings or other restorations
- Breaking down your gums and jawbone, leading to gum disease
- Increasing your TMJ disorder symptoms
- Tooth sensitivity or pain
- Chipped teeth
Treating Bruxism and TMJ Disorders
We offer customized mouth guards to relieve your pain and other symptoms. These mouth guards are designed to be worn overnight, preventing you from clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth while you sleep. Though they won’t cure your condition, these overnight mouth guards can keep your symptoms under control and prevent you from suffering serious consequences to your health over time.
To learn more about these disorders and how we treat them, contact our practice in San Jose and schedule a consultation with Dr. Cooper. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions.