Category: Bruxism/TMJ

Protecting Your Smile From A Teeth Grinding Habit

What can you do to limit the amount of wear and tear that your teeth experience? As strong as tooth enamel is, years of biting and chewing food can gradually start to change the shape of teeth through persistent friction. While the problem is often not easy to notice, some people can observe more alarming… Read more »

Stress Can Lead To Teeth Grinding And Other Concerns

Your body can go through a variety of physical reactions to periods of stress. What you might not realize is that some of these responses can have undesirable effects on your smile and oral health, particularly if the matter is not being managed, or if episodes of stress last for longer stretches of time. Stress… Read more »

Do You Grind Or Clench Your Teeth At Night? Let Us Know!

When some people sleep at night, they unconsciously grind or clench their jaw. When this occurs, it can lead to aches and pains during the morning, and cause a heightened risk for painful TMJ problems. Over time, it can also lead to worrying dental damage. This problem, known as bruxism, is something that your Prairie… Read more »

Is Jaw Movement Starting To Feel Painful? Tell Your Dentist

Why would common biting, chewing, and speaking motions cause you to feel pain? Problems with your jaw alignment or movement can create problems with your joints and muscles, leading to persistent discomfort, limited movement, and even problems with headaches and neck pain. This problem, known as TMJ disorder, can have many causes, and without treatment… Read more »

3 Difficulties That Can Stem From Untreated Bruxism

How do you typically feel when you start your day? If you often wake up with a headache, if your jaw is often sore, or if you have pain or sensitivity in your teeth, you may be struggling with bruxism. A person who is dealing with bruxism will grind or clench their teeth throughout a… Read more »

Can Better Bite Function Improve Your Quality Of Life?

If you live with chronic pain in your face, jaw, or head, it might be time to have your bite function examined. People are sometimes surprised to discover that their bite function is flawed – what does it mean to bite and chew “improperly”? People who have poor dental alignment, those who tend to grind… Read more »

We Can Determine Why You Have Pain When Biting And Chewing

When you experience pain while biting and chewing, even your favorite meal can lose its appeal. Problems with jaw pain, stiffness, and sensitivity can make it hard for you to eat, and may even interfere with your ability to speak over time. At our Prairie Village, KS dental practice, we can talk to patients with… Read more »

Recognizing The Harm Teeth Grinding Can Cause For Your Smile

If you are waking up with a sore jaw, and pain in your face and neck, make sure you let your dentist know. While these discomforts may seem unrelated to oral care, they are symptoms of bruxism, a habit of teeth grinding that can cause a person to grind or clench their teeth throughout the… Read more »

Are You Experiencing Discomfort Due To TMJ Dysfunction?

If you continue to wake up with face and neck pain, or if you have recurring issues with headaches, your dentist may be able to explain what the root of your troubles might be. These problems can all point to TMJ dysfunction. This is a term used for ongoing trouble with your jaw joints and… Read more »

Untreated Bruxism Can Lead To Dental Damage And Discomfort

When you have issues with bruxism, you can grind your teeth throughout the night while you sleep, and wake up to issues with tooth pain and sensitivity, as well as discomfort in your jaw joints. You should be aware that if you try to ignore the problem, and allow it to worsen, you can experience… Read more »