Bruxism and TMJ

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If you have a tendency to grind your teeth while you sleep, you might be experiencing the effects of bruxism. Typically done unconsciously, whether because of stress, a sleeping disorder or an abnormal bite, teeth grinding (or bruxism) can ultimately cause problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) without treatment.

At TMJ Therapy in American Fork, Utah, we are here to help. Dr. Carl McMillan and our team want you to keep a lookout for the following signs that may indicate potential issues with your temporomandibular joints by recognizing any of the following indicators of TMJ disorders.

Potential TMJ Indicators

— Do you wake up with frequent headaches?

— Do you wake up with sore jaw muscles and even swelling in the lower jaw?

— Do you experience pain in your face and jaw areas?

— Do you hear noises when you open and close your jaws, such as clicking and popping?

— Does your “significant other” report that your jaw makes noise while you sleep, indicating grinding and clenching?

— Do you have broken damage or gum injuries and don’t know how these happened?

If you recognize any of these indicators, we invite you to give our TMJ Therapy team in American Fork, Utah a call as soon as possible. Delaying treatment can worsen your condition measurably. Please call 801-756-0900 for an appointment with Dr. Carl McMillan and find the relief you deserve!