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TMJ And Bruxism Problems
Renton, WA


Woman pressing at her aching jaw at Kevin Kay DDS in Renton, WAAre you a worrywart? A lot of people are. Excessive worrying takes a toll on your body. One of the body parts that worrying affects is your mouth and jaw. Your mouth and what happens to it is a giveaway that you are an excessive worrier. If you suffer from anxiety, you may be doing damage to your teeth and jaw. You could be clenching or grinding your teeth at night while you are sleeping without you even knowing it.

Millions of people clench or grind their teeth, which is also called bruxism. People who have severe bruxism might do real damage to their teeth, and they might also have problems with their jaw joint, which is called your temporomandibular joint. TMD, the disorder of the jaw joint is painful.

How Is Bruxism Related to TMJ?


If you have bruxism, you may clench or grind your teeth while you sleep. If you grind your teeth, you are moving your teeth back and forth during the sleep process. Researchers estimate that as many as 40 million people clench their teeth or grind them at night. About 10% of those people have bruxism that is bad enough to cause trouble either with their teeth or their jaws.

Bruxism can lead to problems with your jaw joints. When you have TMD, your jaw may get out of alignment. When your jaw joint isn’t aligned, you may have pain in your jaw. You may have trouble opening or closing your jaw. Your jaw may feel tight or locked, which means that you may have trouble opening or closing your jaw. You might even have a hard time changing the position of your mouth in general. Luckily, TMD can be treated with exercise, medication, and physical therapy. It is easier for us to prevent TMD from happening than it is to treat it.

What Can I Do If I Have Bruxism?


There are several things you can do to prevent bruxism. First, you can get treatment for your bruxism, which allows you to minimize damage to your jaw, dental work, and your teeth. Here are some suggestions for things you can do to prevent bruxism.

One of the best things you can do is try and reduce your level of stress, because if you have less anxiety, you relax your jawbone and you will stop clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep. Sometimes, you need to be fitted with a night guard. Night guards are like mouth guards but they work while you are sleeping so that you don’t clench your teeth or grind them during sleep. We can also fit you with a bite splint. Bite splints keep your jaw in one place, which means you can’t clench your teeth. Some people find exercises and medication may help with bruxism.

Are you worried that you have bruxism? If you are, we can help. Give Kevin Kay DDS Comprehensive Family Dentistry a call at (425) 226-2615.

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