TMJ And Bruxism Treatment

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Swinney Morton Dental

Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentists located in Tyler, TX

Jaw tension, teeth grinding, and head pain aren’t normal. But if these symptoms sound familiar, you could be suffering from a temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding). To receive TMJ and bruxism treatment, get a diagnosis of your symptoms from Kayla Morton, DDS, and Trey Swinney, DDS, at Swinney Morton Dental in Tyler, Texas. Call the office or request your first appointment online today.

TMJ and Bruxism Treatment Q & A

What is a TMJ disorder?

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull. There’s one on either side of your face, just in front of your ears. TMJ disorders are a common cause of jaw pain and limited jaw mobility.

TMJ disorders are sometimes called TMD or simply TMJ. Some signs that could indicate a TMJ disorder include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Locking jaw
  • Restricted jaw movement
  • Popping sound or sensation with jaw movement

Anyone can develop a TMJ disorder. Symptoms develop when the cartilage that cushions the joints wears down over time. Certain other health conditions, like jaw injury, arthritis, or bruxism, could increase your risk of developing a TMJ disorder.

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is a common oral health disorder, and it’s also a common cause of TMJ disorder. It happens when you subconsciously clench or grind your teeth repeatedly.

Bruxism often causes headaches. That constant pressure can wear down your teeth. You might catch yourself clenching or grinding your teeth during the day. But bruxism often happens when you’re sleeping and unaware you’re doing it.

The team at Swinney Morton Dental looks for signs of bruxism at your dental cleanings. They might give you a diagnostic device called BiteStrip to confirm your diagnosis. You wear BiteStrip in your mouth while you sleep, and it detects jaw movements to determine how severe your condition is.

How are TMJ and bruxism treated?

If you’re diagnosed with TMJ disorder, bruxism, or both, the Swinney Morton Dental team begins with conservative treatment. Many people find that treating bruxism helps ease TMJ pain and keeps both conditions from getting worse.

Your treatment choices include a custom mouthguard or an NTI-tss™ device.


A custom mouthguard from Swinney Morton Dental fits comfortably over your teeth to protect them from undue wear-and-tear. Also called night guards, bite guards, and sore guards, these devices help stop bruxism damage without interfering with your sleep.

NTI-tss device

The NTI-tss device was developed by NDX® (National Dentex Labs) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. When you wear the NTI-tss device, it prevents your back teeth from coming in contact with one another. This helps stop jaw clenching and tooth damage while you sleep. It can also relieve associated TMJ pain.

Don’t ignore the signs of TMJ disorder or bruxism. Schedule an evaluation at Swinney Morton Dental online or call the office to learn more.