For patients who suffer with TMJ problems and teeth grinding, Dr. Swathi offers solutions. Teeth grinding is a common problem, and while most people will grind their teeth during sleep if they’re going through a period of intense stress, some people develop this as a chronic habit. The habit then damages the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) in the jaw, a small joint that can be easily taxed through the strain of teeth grinding. A nightguard can protect the teeth and jaw from the negative effects of teeth grinding.
A nightguard will be created from impressions of your teeth, meaning that this intraoral appliance will contour perfectly to your mouth for comfort and effective protection. Once your nightguard is created, it will snugly fit your teeth, making it secure throughout the night. You wear your nightguard throughout the night, lessening the pressure from clenching and grinding and keeping your teeth from rubbing against each other, preventing tooth wear and loss.
How do you know if you’re having trouble with teeth grinding and your TMJ? The symptoms can include: