How Nighttime Teeth Grinding Can Turn Into TMJ

Do you grind your teeth at night? Lots of people do. This condition is also known as bruxism. Grinding your teeth in your sleep can leave you at risk for a number of dental issues, as well as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain. 

If you're worried about your teeth-grinding habits, Plainsboro Family Dentistry of Plainsboro, New Jersey, is here to help. Our experienced care team, led by Dr. Samir Patel, treats patients dealing with bruxism with a variety of methods, and can suggest treatments for TMJ issues as well. There are many steps you can take to protect your teeth at night and resolve your TMJ pain for good. 

Nighttime tension

Many causes can lead to you grinding your teeth while you sleep, from bite problems to spikes in stress. When you're asleep, you can't consciously keep managing the tensions of daytime life. In your sleep, you can end up putting a lot of pressure on your body without knowing you're doing it.

Pressing down or grinding your teeth has consequences for your teeth's strength and alignment, but can also cause other kinds of pain, including TMJ. Your mouth, jaw, and neck are all connected, and tension in your mouth can cause lasting damage in other parts of your upper body. TMJ affects millions of people around the country with jaw joint dysfunction and surrounding muscle pain.

You might have TMJ problems if you're dealing with symptoms like:

Nighttime teeth grinding isn't the only potential cause of TMJ pain, but it's a leading contributor in many cases. 

Curing your painful jaws

You don't just have to live with TMJ pain or the other negative impacts of teeth grinding. At Plainsboro Family Dentistry, we offer multiple treatment options that can reduce your bruxism and release you from TMJ problems. Some of the interventions you can try are:

If you're dealing with TMJ and are ready to end the struggle with your pain, contact Plainsboro Family Dentistry today. Dr. Patel will review your symptoms and history and recommend the right treatment options for your unique health care needs. 

You don't have to suffer from TMJ or nighttime bruxism. Help is available! To schedule your initial consultation appointment, call our Plainsboro, New Jersey office, or use the online booking tool

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