TMJ Treatment / Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding can wear down your enamel, lead to jaw soreness, and even cause migraines. If you grind your teeth or are experiencing TMJ pain, call Volterra Dental for teeth grinding and TMJ treatment Los Alamitos, CA area appointment at 562-735-2363 for relief.

Why Do I Grind My Teeth Without Knowing It?

Bruxism is the medical name for unconscious teeth grinding and clenching. While researchers are still not clear on what causes bruxism, it seems to be related to periods of high stress or anxiety.

All of that teeth grinding can wear down the enamel, increasing your risk of tooth sensitivity and decay.

What Is TMJ?

You have two joints on either side of your head, the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), that control the movement of your lower jaw. With enough stress or damage to the joint, your TMJ can experience chronic pain, discomfort, and problems functioning correctly. This is known as temporomandibular disorder, or TMD. TMD can lead to jaw pain, neck and shoulder pain, and even migraines.

TMD is related to bruxism, although it’s not clear which causes the other.

How Can A TMJ Mouthguard Help?

To treat bruxism, we provide a custom bite guard that you wear overnight, so if you grind your teeth, you won’t damage the enamel. We can also create an oral device to treat your TMD. It shifts your jaw slightly so it’s under less stress, helping resolve the symptoms of TMD.

Can My Migraines Be Related To Bruxism And TMJ Pain?

Both bruxism and TMD put undue stress on your jaw joint and muscles. Because your muscles are interconnected, either condition can create pain in your jaw and neck, and it can also lead to chronic headaches and migraines.

The oral device you wear at night can definitely help, but we can also use Botox® to relieve migraines.

For your next appointment for bruxism or TMD treatments, or if you have questions, call Volterra Dental today at 562-735-2363 or use our online form.