How Stress Can Complicate TMJ Pain And Bruxism

If you have TMJ pain, you know how it can affect much more than your jaw. Stress can make all of that even worse. Call us today at 251-210-7142 to schedule your next appointment for TMD treatment.

Unless you can manage to eliminate all stress from your life, your TMJ pain can easily get worse. Thankfully, our dentists have the training necessary to help turn things around for you.

How TMJ Pain Spreads

Your TMJ are the joints that work your jaw. Whenever you speak, eat, drink, and even yawn, you’re using your TMJ. That’s why it’s a big problem when your TMJ starts to hurt and get problematic. When this happens, it’s called temporomandibular disorder or TMD.

Worse, all your muscles are interconnected. When the muscles in your TMJ gets overworked, the pain and stress spreads out to nearby muscles. If you have this disorder, you can have many TMJ symptoms including:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Earaches and ringing in the ears
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Pain in the upper back muscles
  • Lockjaw

That’s why it’s important to call our Fairhope, AL dental office today for TMD treatment. With TMD splints, occlusal therapy, and more, our dentists can provide TMJ pain relief.

How Bruxism Hurts Your Teeth & Jaw

TMD leads to a related problem: bruxism. This is when you grind your teeth without realizing it. If you have bruxism, you can even grind your teeth while asleep. This puts lots of extra pressure on your TMJ, making any problems there worse.

Plus, bruxism can leave behind worn spots in your enamel. Your teeth are not supposed to grind together that often. Such worn spots weaken your teeth.

Stress Makes All Of That Worse

One of the big problems with stress is how it causes your muscles to tense up. Since part of the problem with TMD is with overworked muscles in your jaw joints, that means your TMJ pain gets worse. This can stress you out more as the TMJ pain spreads to other parts of your body. That makes those muscles tense up even more, and so the cycle continues.

Assuming your life will continue to be stressful at times, the only way to truly break that cycle is by calling our Fairhope, AL dental office and making an appointment for TMD treatment. Our dentists have a lot of experience helping people get TMJ pain relief. Thanks to such experience, you can finally get the help you need.

TMJ Pain Relief And Bruxism Treatment

Our dentists can help treat TMD and related problems in several ways:

Repositioning splints: A splint is a small device that you keep in your mouth. It’s small enough to be comfortable. With these splints, your jaw is slightly repositioned while you wear it. This gives your TMJ time to rest and heal naturally.

Occlusal therapy: Also called bite adjusting, this treatment changes how your teeth come together when you bite. If your bite is off-center, you could be putting too much stress on your TMJ. Correcting this bite can lead to TMJ pain relief.

Stabilization splints: These splits gently support your jaw in one position. This can be used to prevent bruxism and the related problems it brings.

Full-mouth reconstructions: This treatment combines others into one package. For example, our dentists could reshape your teeth and use repositioning splints to ensure your bite comes together as it should.

Call us TODAY at 251-210-7142 and make your next appointment for TMD treatment. Both of our dentists have the right mix of experience and training to help bring you TMJ pain relief. Soon, you can stop experiencing pain in your jaw, head, neck, and more — but the first step is to make that call.