Bruxism (teeth grinding) and TMJ disorder are different issues, but can be related to each other and are often treated together.
Bruxism occurs when you grind your teeth unconsciously, usually at night. When left untreated, bruxism can cause abnormal wear and damage to teeth, tension or discomfort in the jaw, earaches, tooth sensitivity and even tooth loss, and can lead to misalignment of the lower jaw joint (TMJ). Conversely, TMJ (misalignment of the lower jaw joint) can cause tooth grinding.
Most of the time, these issues are simple to resolve by using a custom mouthguard or dental splint to protect the teeth. We can easily diagnose either of these issues in our office so schedule your dental care check-up now!