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Does Stress Cause TMJ | New York City Tooth Grinding Treatment

April 5th, 2019 | 1 min read

By NYC Smile Design

Woman Stressed by too Much Work Piled Around Her

Bruxism (tooth grinding) is one of the body’s unconscious responses to stress. So too is it one of the risk factors for TMJ, a painful condition related to the misalignment of the upper and lower jaw.

Symptoms of TMJ may include:

  • Clicking or popping noises when opening and shutting the jaw
  • Grinding noises in the jaw when chewing
  • Pain and/or swelling around the jaw joint
  • Limited ability to open the jaw or complete lockjaw

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to call NYC Smile Design for a neuromuscular dentistry evaluation. When not properly treated, TMJ can result in chronic head and facial pain, uneven tooth wear, and other problems that may require additional services. Dr. Mello and Dr. Tabib offer a range of TMJ treatment options and will work directly with you to find the one that makes the most sense for your needs.

Physical Symptoms of Stress

Stress is a part of life in New York City. So much so that some people experiencing emotional stress may not even recognize it for what it is. This makes knowing some of the physical symptoms of stress that much more important.

Physical manifestations of stress include:

  • Jaw clenching and tooth grinding
  • Chronic dry mouth
  • Frequent headaches
  • General aches and muscle tension
  • Low energy/fatigue
  • Diarrhea and nausea

People struggling with stress may also be more prone to illness and experience recurrent chest pain. Stress may also impact a person’s ability or desire to be intimate.

Stress Reduction

There are a number of stress reduction techniques, including breath work, meditation, exercise, and connecting with others. Finding a creative outlet, pursuing a hobby, and adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle can all help reduce the body’s stress response, which can have a profound impact on every aspect of your life – including your oral health.

Many people struggling with stress grind their teeth at night and are therefore unaware of the habit. During your routine cleanings and examinations, we can determine, based on hands-on evaluations, if you are clenching or grinding while you sleep and provide you with comfortable and effective treatments to address the problem.

Contact Our TMJ Specialists

If you live in Manhattan or a surrounding area of New York, please call 212-452-3344 to schedule a neuromuscular dental evaluation at NYC Smile Design. You don’t have to live with pain. Call us today to learn how we can help.