DOWNTOWN DENTAL GROUP
161 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 5036
Milwaukee, WI 53203
414.278.6070
GRANT PARK DENTAL
1333 College Avenue
Suite C
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
414.764.6070
The temporomandibular (tem-puh-roe-mun-DIB-u-lur) joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.
Signs and symptoms may include:
  • Abraded teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Facial pain
  • Overly sensitive teeth
  • Tense facial and jaw muscles
  • Headaches, especially upon waking
  • Dislocation of the jaw
  • Wearing away of the tooth enamel, exposing the underlying dentin
    (inside of the tooth)
  • A popping or clicking in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
  • Tongue indentations
  • Damage to the inside of the cheek
Diagnosing TMJ
If I clench or grind my teeth, what should I do?
One of the first places to start when trying to diagnose TMJ problems is determining whether you clench or grind your teeth. Bruxism is the term that refers to an incessant grinding and clenching of the teeth, unintentionally and at inappropriate times. Bruxers (persons with bruxism) are often unaware that they have developed this habit, and often do not know that treatment is available for the mouth and teeth until damage has been done. There are many different symptoms, but each individual may experience symptoms differently. One of the first places to start when trying to diagnose TMJ problems is determining whether you clench or grind your teeth. Bruxism is the term that refers to an incessant grinding and clenching of the teeth, unintentionally and at inappropriate times. Bruxers (persons with bruxism) are often unaware that they have developed this habit, and often do not know that treatment is available for the mouth and teeth until damage has been done. There are many different symptoms, but each individual may experience symptoms differently.
Most often we would recommend the use of an occlusal guard, an appliance worn while sleeping. The occlusal guard can act as a cushion, forcing you to apply less pressure to your jaw joint and the teeth themselves. For the majority of patients the occlusal guard significantly lessens the symptoms of bruxism. Sometimes however, more involved treatment may be necessary. If this is the case, we work with fantastic doctors who specialize in TMJ disorders
OCCLUSAL GUARD