While patients may suffer similar symptoms from TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders) and Bruxism (night grinding), the two conditions are not the same thing. Sufferers of Bruxism display an involuntary clenching or grinding of the teeth, which can lead to damage to the surface area of the teeth.
Patients are often unaware that they are grinding their teeth, as this mainly happens during the night. TMJ, on the other hand, affects the temporomandibular joint located where the upper and lower jaw meet. The symptoms of the disorder are usually pain and stiffness at the point of the joint, often resulting in difficulty when moving the jaw and may require dental treatment.
Although both conditions can be treated with the use of a mouthguard, each type of guard performs a different function. If a dentist misdiagnoses the condition, the mouthguard may actually do more harm than good. Dr. Oliver will conduct an in-depth exam of your mouth, so as to ascertain whether you are suffering from TMJ or Bruxism, before recommending or carrying out any treatment. Here at Cane Bay Family Dentistry, we have an extremely high success rate when identifying and treating both TMJ and Bruxism.
The mouthguard used for Bruxism is designed to stop you clenching or grinding your type; thus protecting the surface of your teeth from damage. However, the mouthguard used in treatment for TMJ will align the jaws in such a way that it will alleviate the pain and discomfort you are experiencing. Prior to visiting Dr. Oliver for your exam, a member of our team of dental professionals will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have. It is the aim of Cane Bay Family Dentistry to ensure that you don't have to suffer further discomfort or damage to your teeth or jaw, which is why we know how important it is to differentiate between these two common conditions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation about TMJ and/or Bruxism.