TMD & Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) Treatment Eltham
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMD is a condition of the jaw bone that affects the normal functionality of the joint. Bruxism or teeth grinding as it’s more commonly known is another dental condition and usually happens at night during sleep. In cases of nocturnal teeth grinding the person with the condition is not aware of – this is something your dentist can detect during your oral examination.
TMD & Bruxism are separate conditions however they can be related to each other as well as present as symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a very common condition that affects nearly 20% of Australians.
What are the symptoms of TMD & Bruxism?
Some symptoms of TMD and Bruxism include:
- Clicking jaw during movement
- Headaches and migraines
- Teeth grinding and unusual wear of the teeth
- Neck & shoulder pain
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw
What happens if you ignore it?
If left untreated both conditions can lead to long-term pain in the jaw, discomfort as well as damage to teeth and the jaw bone itself.