TMJ & Bruxism

TMJ & Bruxism

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) refer to a variety of painful symptoms that affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the jaw muscles, and the facial nerves. TMD most commonly causes pain in the jaw, as well as restricted movement, or clicking sounds when the jaw moves.

The disorders can even contribute to other issues, such as teeth grinding (bruxism), migraines, neck and back pain, as well as dental problems. TMJ and bruxism are often so closely related that treating nightly teeth grinding can help relieve the symptoms of a jaw joint disorder.

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Treating TMD and Bruxism

At Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we strongly believe in treating TMJ and bruxism because in addition to the painful symptoms, these conditions can wear down teeth enamel, loosen teeth in the gums, and even result in tooth loss. Using our digital dentistry technology, we can carefully examine a patient’s teeth, jaw, and facial nerves to create a personalized treatment plan for the patient’s facial plastic/dental issues.

In many cases, TMJ and teeth grinding can be relieved with a night-guard, which protects the teeth and jaw against grinding and even hold the lower jaw in a position to avoid poor alignment. Other methods for relieving jaw-related disorders include managing stress, massaging the jaw muscles, Botox, and correcting an abnormal bite with braces or Invisalign. Invisalign uses custom aligners that are worn for one to two week periods in which new aligners are made to gradually straighten or move the teeth.

To learn more about at TMJ, bruxism, and the potential treatments for these conditions, visit or please contact Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule an appointment.

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