TMJ & Bruxism Treatment

Do you often wake up with a headache or pain in your jaw or shoulder? Does your partner complain about loud clicking or popping noises while you’re asleep.

If you answered yes to either, you might have bruxism, a teeth-grinding habit, and a common symptom of TMJ problems called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

For some people, TMD symptoms are so persistent or painful that they start to control your life and leave you desperately seeking relief. Fortunately, the solution may be easier than you think. At Cambridge Dental in Glendale, AZ, Dr. Mark A. Gaona provides relief from TMJ pain with a small customized oral appliance that you wear while you sleep. This NTI appliance is the only FDA-approved device for the treatment of migraines.

TMJ Disorder and Bruxism

The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is one of the most heavily used joints in the body and can easily become overworked, especially if you have the teeth-grinding habit we call bruxism. Problems with the jaw joint can also result from arthritis or injury to the head or jaw.

Bruxism affects about 1 in 3 people with symptoms like broken or worn down teeth, jaw and facial pain, and severe headaches and migraines.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

If you suspect you have problems with your jaw joint, look for the following symptoms:

  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Pain when yawning or chewing
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw
  • Mouth locked open or closed
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ears

TMJ Pain Treatment in Glendale, AZ

If you have any of these symptoms, Dr. Gaona would be happy to meet with you to evaluate your situation and see how we can best help you. He’ll take digital x-rays of your mouth and check to see how your jaw and teeth come together when you bite down.

We’ll design your treatment for your unique needs, but in many cases, Dr. Gaona helps patients with TMJ pain without the need for complex or costly treatment. With a custom nightguard worn over your teeth while you sleep, your upper and lower teeth can’t meet. This gives the jaw joint time to rest and recover rather than being stressed all night by clenching and grinding which leads to increased muscle tension.

TMD is a complex disorder, so in some cases, it’s difficult to pinpoint a single source for the pain. In addition to a nightguard—also called an occlusal guard or splint—Dr. Gaona may recommend other therapies to reduce your general stress level:

  • Relaxation and stress management
  • Anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen
  • Physical therapy
  • Yoga or meditation
  • Muscle relaxers

Do You Need TMJ Pain Relief in Glendale, AZ?

If TMJ pain and symptoms have overtaken your life, help is available. Call Cambridge Dental to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Gaona to determine the source of your pain and provide appropriate treatment.

We look forward to resolving your TMJ pain and your quality of life.