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People who grind their teeth can sometimes develop a serious problem with their jaw and/or if left untreated, this can adversely affect the teeth, gums and bone structures of the mouth. One of the most common jaw disorders is related to a problem with the temporomandibular joint: the joint which connects the lower jaw to your skull. The temporomandibular joint allows your upper and lower jaw to open and close. It facilitates chewing and speaking.

TMD develops from disharmony in the jaw, such as an improper bite or jaw dislocation, and can occur because of bruxism (teeth grinding) or a traumatic injury. Patients with minor TMD may experience pain or discomfort in the jaw muscles, while more severe cases can result in arthritis in the jaw joint. TMD often causes popping or clicking sounds when the jaws open or close, and can cause tooth sensitivity, headaches, and neck aches.

Treatment for TMD may include anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, biofeedback, or an oral appliance that is worn during sleep. Severe cases may require jaw surgery.

If you are experiencing facial discomfort or know that you have a habit of grinding your teeth, contact Otsego Dental Group at (989) 448‑2664 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Harbin to discuss your options for TMJ/TMD treatment Gaylord, Michigan. We will gladly answer any questions that you may have and help you arrange your visit with our dentist.