The temporomandibular joint (more commonly known as the TMJ) is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. Sometimes it can be a source of great discomfort and pain if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, particularly at night while you sleep.

Many patients are plagued by pain from their jaw joint, which may or may not be accompanied by popping and clicking noises. Other patients grind their teeth at night as they sleep, causing damage to the teeth. Both situations can affect your quality of life and productivity, especially if you experience increased headaches or earache-like pain, tooth pain, or tooth sensitivity.

An occlusal splint, also known as a nightguard or mouthguard, may be a solution. It is a custom mouthpiece that prevents the teeth from grinding against each other and minimizes stress on the jaw joint, which is often the cause of TMJ/TMD pain in many patients.

If you suspect you or your children are clenching or grinding at night, and you’re seeking a dentist in Franklin for help, contact McKay’s Mill Dental at 615-595-5959.