Temperomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders and treatment
Sometimes, grinding is a sign of a deeper problem with the temperomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ is the joint around which your lower jaw (mandible) opens and closes your mouth, and the way your teeth bite and fit together can impact the function of these hinge joints. An unhealthy TMJ shares many of the same symptoms as bruxism, including earaches, migranes/headaches, muscle stiffness, popping or clicking of the jaw, reduced range of motion, irregular tooth wear and difficulty eating.
Although some of the treatment options are also similar, at The Grove Dental Rouse Hill, we closely investigate ways to ensure that your TMJ can work efficiently and without constriction. This might involve making small modifications to the way restorations fit or replace missing teeth. We also offer non-surgical interventions such as neurotoxins (Botox). This can often aide in relaxing the TMJ and minimising side effects such as headaches and facial pain.