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TMJ & Teeth Grinding

If you are dealing with chronic headaches, you may never even have thought about visiting your dentist to find out the cause. Many people aren’t aware of the connection that exists between headaches and the jaw, face, and neck. In fact, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is often characterized by painful symptoms in all of these areas—including headaches.


TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. Disorders of the jaw and the muscles that control the jaw are correctly referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMD).


The TMJ is the joint that gives us the ability to open and close our mouth. If the joint is inflamed, it can be painful and it can affect jaw mobility.


  • Chronic pain in the head, neck, and shoulders

  • Pain when speaking, chewing, or yawning

  • Difficulty opening and closing the mouth

  • Clicking when opening and closing the mouth

  • Chewing problems

  • Ringing or pain in the ears

  • Severe damage to the teeth 


Tooth grinding can result in TMD. Most tooth grinding occurs due to an involuntary reflex during sleep, causing you to be unaware you are doing it. This tooth grinding is known as “bruxism” and is a fairly common condition that will cause severe tooth wear. However, Bruxism can be treated!


Each patient is different.  We will work with you to create a solution that will help mitigate your specific symptoms.

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