At Northland Dental Centre we refer our TMJ (Jaw Joint) problems to Dr. Brock Rondeau.
People who grind their teeth can sometimes develop a serious problem with their jaw, which left untreated, can adversely affect the teeth, gums and bone structures of the mouth.
One of the most common jaw disorders is related to a problem with the temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull, and allows your upper and lower jaw to open and close and facilitates chewing and speaking.
People with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) often have a clicking or popping sound when opening and closing their mouths. Such disorders are often accompanied by frequent headaches, neck aches, tooth sensitivity, dizziness, fainting, ear pain, ringing in the ears, problems swallowing, tingling of hands and arms, shoulder and back pain.
Patients whose jaw is clicking and has some of the symptoms listed above will have to wear a small removable plastic appliance on their lower back teeth during the daytime.
Patients who clench and grind their teeth at night have to wear a special removable plastic nightguard to prevent their habits.
TMJ problems can be caused by traumatic injuries such as motor vehicle accidents and extraction of wisdom teeth.