Avondale TMJ Teeth Grinding

People in Avondale who have migraine pain suffer a lot. Medical examinations often show, however, that they are otherwise perfectly healthy. A recent medical study indicates that people with chronic migraine pain and chronic headache pain often clench their jaws together in a balanced, centered position. This causes extremely intense muscular contraction, but little strain on the jaw. Nighttime jaw clenching usually goes unnoticed, but it sets the stage for migraine pain and chronic headache pain.

TMJ is often associated with Bruxism, a condition where one grinds and/or clenches their teeth. “Bruxers” is a name given to people who suffer from Bruxism. Bruxers may have habits of biting their fingernails, pencils, or chewing the inside of their cheek. Most teeth grinding and damage occurs during sleep. Most Bruxers become aware of the problem only after the signs of damage are noticed.

Avondale dentists usually hear about intense jaw clenching when patients complain about TMJ, a very common and painful jaw disorder caused by clenching tightly in an off-centered, lopsided way while asleep. We typically will make a specialized mouthpiece that covers all of the teeth front and back to balance the bite for the TMJ sufferer. Unfortunately, this type of mouthpiece may also increase jaw-clenching intensity, and make the pain even worse.


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Charles Clausen, DDS - Gentle Family Dentistry & Orthodontics
13055 W McDowell Rd G103, Avondale, AZ 85392

Phone: (623) 848-0100