Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are one of the primary causes of teeth grinding. Bruxism is a TMJ disorder that involves grinding the teeth, which can cause jaw pain, tooth sensitivity, headaches and earaches. It’s important to discuss these symptoms with your dentist.

Key takeaways:

  • TMJ dentistry focuses on stopping the grinding, reducing pain, and preventing further damage to your teeth.
  • Mouthguards are a common treatment that may be recommended by your dentist, and are custom-made to help reduce bruxism and its impact.
  • Your dentist may also recommend a splint, which depending on your symptoms may fit over the top or bottom row of your teeth.

"A TMJ dentist can help if your bruxism is caused by a joint issue. These dental specialists aim to reduce pain, prevent long-lasting damage to the teeth and to stop grinding and clenching if possible."

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