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TMJ and Bruxism: What You Need to Know from Dr. William Eick

June 18, 2014

shutterstock_196648316Do you often wake up with a sore jaw or pain in your face, head, and neck? Do you experience chronic headaches, earaches, or other related symptoms that you can’t explain? It’s possible that you may be suffering from a disorder of the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. These are the joints that connect the jaw to the skull, and between 5 and 12 percent of Americans experience chronic problems with this delicate area. At the Rocky River, OH dental practice of Dr. William L. Eick, our team offers a comprehensive selection of general and preventive dentistry services, including treatment for TMJ and bruxism.

The Link Between Bruxism and TMJ

While not all people who suffer from bruxism have problems with TMJ, there is definitive proof that the two can be connected in numerous cases. The muscles and ligaments that control the movement of the jaw clench with an immense amount of force, placing an inordinate amount of pressure on the teeth and the temporomandibular joint. When a patient who suffers from TMJ also grinds his or her teeth – typically while sleeping – even further damage occurs. The surfaces of the teeth become worn, and may even fracture over time.

Patients suffering from TMJ dysfunction and bruxism frequently suffer from pain in the jaw, face, neck, and head due to the strain and pressure centralized in the temporomandibular joint. Fortunately, Dr. Eick can provide lasting relief from these and related symptoms with personalized TMJ and bruxism treatment options – including customized mouthguards or oral splints – at our Rocky River, OH office. We’ll work with you closely to find the ideal treatment solution for your unique needs.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you suspect that you or someone in your family suffers from TMJ or bruxism, we invite you to contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Eick and our caring, experienced team. We look forward to helping you find lasting relief from the pain and chronic discomfort associated with these conditions, as well as a lifetime of optimal oral health. Our conveniently located dental practice in Rocky River, OH proudly serves patients from throughout the surrounding areas as well, including Lakewood, Westlake, Fairview Park, and beyond.