The Trouble with Bruxism and TMJ Disorder
If you catch yourself grinding your teeth unconsciously during the day, then there’s a good chance you might also do it at night, while you’re asleep. Known as bruxism, unconscious teeth-grinding can lead to severe damage to your teeth, as well as strain on your jaw joints and muscles.
TMJ disorder is a dysfunction in one or both of the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) that control your jaw movement. As it aggravates your jaw nerves, TMJ disorder can cause a wide variety of aches and pains in addition to making your jaw movement difficult and uncomfortable.
Bruxism and TMJ disorder often involve an imbalance in your bite, such as crooked teeth or improper jaw alignment. In many cases, one or both conditions can be treated with a mouthguard to protect your teeth from grinding together and/or hold your jaw in a more comfortable position. If necessary, treatment might also entail one or more restorative measures to repair any damage that your teeth have sustained.