TMJ and Teeth grinding can be bothersome issues that affect your daily well-being. Causing achy joints, headaches, and pain that is impossible to ignore. At Aesthetic Evolutions we want to relieve the discomfort you are experiencing related to TMJ and teeth grinding. Read more if you are interested in learning about the causes, side effects, and treatments for TMJ and teeth grinding.

What is TMJ?

TMJ can be an awful aching medical and dental issue that affects your temporomandibular joint. TMJ is a disorder where you experience pain or tenderness in your jaw joint and in the muscles and ligaments that work to move your jaw.

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Causes of TMJ

Various factors can affect the onset of TMJ disorders. These can include teeth grinding, chronic clenching of teeth, arthritis, jaw injuries, stress, eating hard or chewy foods, and everyday usage. Low calcium and vitamin D levels can also play a role in the jaw condition.

Side Effects of TMJ

Side effects include tender pain in the jaw, pain in one or both temporomandibular joints, aching near and in your ear, clicking or popping when opening or closing your mouth, struggles chewing, facial pain, and locking of your jaw joint.


If you are simply looking to reduce symptoms of TMJ cold or hot compresses may soothe your jaw, stretching and massaging the jaw can strengthen the muscles, and eating soft foods can prevent excess pain.

Treatment for TMJ varies based on the individual. Trigger point injections, Botox, medication, nonsurgical treatments, physical therapy, mouth guards, and jaw surgery are all effective based on the severity of the condition. Since TMJ overlaps the medical and dental fields, it is important to consult with both your doctor and dentist to have a more holistic approach to treatment.

Meet Haley Outcalt

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What is Teeth-Grinding?

Teeth grinding is the condition where you grind, clench, or gnash your teeth. This often happens during your sleep when you are experiencing stress or anxiety. This condition is involuntary, and many do not know about the condition because they are asleep while it occurs.


Teeth grinding is mainly induced by stress or anxiety, typically during sleep. This condition can also be caused by teeth issues including crooked teeth, missing teeth, and abnormal bites. Sleep apnea can also cause grinding teeth.

Side Effects

After waking up from a night of grinding your teeth, you can notice a sore jaw and a headache. When teeth grinding isn’t resolved and recurs over and over you may fracture a tooth, lose a tooth, or loosen a tooth. Constant grinding of the teeth can wear them down resulting in necessary dental care, including bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, and partial and full dentures. Severe teeth grinding can affect the jaw by causing and amplifying the effects of TMJ. This can change the appearance and symmetry of your face by changing the strength and look of your facial muscles.


If you want to stop grinding your teeth, your dentist may fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth while you are asleep. If stress is the cause of your teeth grinding, counseling, exercise, and muscle relaxants may be offered by a medical professional. Botox injections can also paralyze your jaw muscles stopping unwanted teeth grinding.

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