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TMJ  / Bruxism Therapy

What is it and How Can we Help?

TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint, which is vital in the function and movement of the jaw.


Complications in this joint may be caused by misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excessive muscle tension.  Problems in the TMJ can cause headaches, earaches, popping of the jaw, pain in the jaw muscles, and soreness in the area that may extend to the face.


Dr. Shaffer has various methods for TMJ treatments, including professional night guards and splints.

Teeth grinding, referred to as bruxism, affects many people and can destroy the health of their smile. If you suffer from bruxism, you may find yourself clenching your jaw when you are stressed and may grind your teeth when you are sleeping. This can cause jaw joint stress and tooth damage that can affect your oral and overall health.

Our team will create a nightguard that is customized for your mouth to protect your teeth and jaw from injury. The cushion between your upper and lower teeth, protects them from damage.

You can curb clenching your jaw when you are awake, but there is not much you can do to stop nocturnal teeth grinding. The amount of pressure this can put on your teeth and jaw is substantial. Your jaw muscles can exert hundreds of pounds of pressure, causing tooth cracks, jaw joint disorders and other oral health problems. The best dental treatment is to protect your teeth and jaw with a nightguard.

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