The Link Between Stress and TMJ Pain

Dr Scott Rose Cosmetic Dentistry

The stress and shock of COVID-19 is largely felt and the many necessary, sudden and ever-changing details around it can be quite overwhelming. 

With this takes place, it is very understandable if you have become stressed and anxious. Unfortunately, chronic worry and anxiety can negatively affect your health and general wellbeing, often leading to dental related issues that affect you as a whole.

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The Effect of Stress on Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

Stress and anxiety commonly leads to subconsciously clenching your jaw and teeth grinding. If you often wake up with jaw pain, headaches, ear pain or soreness in your neck, you very likely clench or grind your teeth while you sleep.

This disorder, often referred to as bruxism, is common and can be treated when diagnosed effectively. Over-time, if your condition has become severe, it may cause irreparable damage to your teeth and your jaw joints. Damage to your TMJ can lead to temporomandibular joint syndrome.

TMJ syndrome is a condition that causes misalignment in the jaw, making it difficult to chew, speak, and even sleep comfortably. Due to the jaw’s misshapenness, this condition can put pressure on your head and neck muscles.

This results in severe headaches and muscle tension in your neck, shoulders and even in your spine. However, there are treatment options available to aid TMJ pain relief and resurrect your sleep quality.

Good Health Dental’s Neuromuscular Approach to TMJ Pain Relief

1.  Joint Sonography

Dr. Rose uses this approach to listen to the jaw joints as they move. The aim here is to listen for clicking, grinding, or popping sounds. It is paramount that a bite trajectory that is in line with the muscles is found, so the joint quiets down.

2. Three-Dimensional Jaw Tracking

This method is used to view the jaw movement. It helps to determine the motion range of the jaw and the speed at which it opens and closes. This can further help diagnose the true position of the jaw.

3. Muscle Electromyography

The electrical activity of the muscles can be measured using this approach. It can tell healthy muscle activity from weak muscles. From diagnosing muscle electromyography, an orthotic device or splint can be made specifically to the shape of your mouth to help correct TMJ and lessen the impact of stress-induced night grinding or clenching. 

4. TENS

Transcutaneous Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation (TENS) is used to relax the muscles. TENsing works by increasing blood flow to the muscles. While this relaxes the muscles, it also helps the muscles get rid of toxins. It reduces pain when it stimulates the body to release endorphins.

Good Health Dental Cares about Your TMJ Pain Relief

To play our part in flattening the curve, Dr. Rose and the Good Health Dental team can only treat emergency dental cases. However, your health and safety are our top priority and we will continue providing you and our community our best care possible, whether your dental health is in a critical state or your symptoms demand our attention from a distance. 

Has stress been wearing on you in daily life? Are you currently seeking TMJ pain relief or suspect you are night grinding? Your Solon dentist, Dr. Rose, can help diagnose your issue. You can work with us directly to create a personalized treatment plan for your condition.

Please contact Dr. Rose by phone at 440-542-1200 or on our website to find solutions to all your dental related issues.