Many people suffer from some degree of TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorder. Some people may exhibit common TMJ disorder symptoms such as: tension in the jaw muscles, frequent morning headaches/migraines, ear aches, clicking/popping of jaw joints, lock jaw and or stiffness in the neck. Most people do not have symptoms related to their jaw, but exhibit accelerated wear and weakening in their teeth due to nighttime grinding and clenching, which may cause sensitivity. If left undiagnosed and untreated, a smile can “age” very quickly and/or existing dental conditions such as cavities or gum disease can worsen significantly.
Example of teeth wear from grinding
TMJ disorder usually comes from the imbalance of jaw joints and the occlusion (the bite). Dr. Lee can alleviate TMJ related pain and protect further accelerated wear/tear of teeth by having the patient wear customized splint very similar to an orthodontic retainer to create the ideal bite that will reestablish the balance.