What problems can grinding and clenching of teeth cause?
- Damage to your smile
- Fractured fillings and teeth
- Damage to veneers and crowns
- Failure of dental implants
- Jaw and neck pain
- Increased facial muscle around the jaw.
- Aging process
- TMJ Pain and Symptoms
Your TMJ Dentist at Eyes & Smiles Pain Clinic in North London Friern Barnet will check all of these issues to ensure you are given the correct advice for relieving your pain.
Do I have TMJ Syndrome?
TMJ Pain syndrome, TMD, TMJDS, and Jaw Joint Pain are all synonymous for the same condition which involves any area connected to the Jaw Joint and associated structures. If you have any of these symptoms it is advisable you seek professional advice with your Eyes & Smiles New Southgate Dentist.
What type of headaches are linked to TMJ Syndrome?
Typically the TMJ-related Haedache we see commonly at Eyes & Smiles Bounds Green Jaw Clinic is one that feels dull, aching and tight. Commonly it is on 1 side but can be on both sides. It is normally made worse by certain jaw movements or habits such as clenching or griding. it can seem like it is felt on the side of the head, around the temples, the forehead, behind the ear or just in front of the ear directly over where the lower jaw bone meets the skull (temporal bone). In rare cases the pain can be felt behind the eye. In most cases the headache reduces once you relax the Jaw. We can instruct you the best relaxation technqiues at Eyes & Smiles Arnos Grove TMJ Clinic.
Is clenching my teeth unusual?
- Around 30% of us clench our teeth whilst we sleep. Eyes & Smiles Southgate TMJ Clinic knows it is heavily linked to stress but it can also be a posture habit for the jaw if left untreated for long enough, as your brain will guide the jaws into muscle memory mode and clench out of habit.
How do I know if I clench my teeth?
Unless you do it consciously, only your partner or your dentist may be able to tell if you clench or grind your teeth, although sometimes it may go untreated for a long period of time. During our Eyes & Smiles Finchley Clinic consultation, we will check through some of the key symptoms with you, which include:
- Headaches or jaw/neck pain, especially in the morning.
- Notice of wearing down of your teeth
- Damage to dental restorations without any apparent reason, e.g. crowns or fillings
- Tender temple/ jaw muscles
- Discomfort whilst chewing
- Jaw makes a clicking sound.
What can I do?
You can do a number of things to help reduce clenching which we will discuss with you at Eyes & Smiles Clinic of New Southgate Friern Barnet:
- Your Eyes & Smiles Barnet Jaw Pain dentist can make you a custom nightguard to wear when you sleep
- Decrease stress levels
- Take prescribed neuropathic pain meds (or antidepressants) or muscle relaxants on prescription by your GP or in conjunction with a hospital referral.
What are the benefits of a TMJ Mouthguard?
- Patients in Eyes & Smiles Southgate like the fact that Nightguards (or TMJ Mouthguards) are a non-invasive treatment. Nightguards are worn on the teeth at night and will reduce the tensing of jaw muscles and reduce the risk of damaging your teeth further. Custom-made TMJ Mouthguards like those made at Eyes & Smiles Bounds Green Jaw Pain Clinic are superior in strength and comfort as they are bespoke for your mouth compared to stock trays which some shops may be selling.
Why do patients at Eyes & Smiles Barnet like to use the TMJ Nightguards?
- Low profile
- Tailor made giving a great fit
- A soft inner lining to give added comfort
- Suitable for patients with a deep bite
- They can accommodate orthodontic patients who are in their retention phase of treatment.
- We always follow-up our Eyes & Smiles Arnos Grove TMJ Clinic clenching patients