12444 Edgemere Blvd. Suite A, El Paso, TX 79938

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TMJ & Bruxism Treatment

Two Interconnected Issues

Bruxism and TMJ Disorder are two conditions that are frequently linked and affect your jaw and teeth. Bruxism is unconscious teeth grinding while TMJ disorder is caused by a misalignment of the jaw joints that connect the lower jaw to your skull. These joints can become unbalanced for a variety of reasons which then causes a misalignment of your bite. Bruxism can frequently cause TMJ Disorder to develop and TMJ Disorder can also cause bruxism. Whether you suffer from one or both, we are equipped to help you identify and treat these issues.


Bruxism, or teeth grinding, frequently happens while you are asleep and, when this is the case, it can be linked to other nocturnal issues like persistent snoring, sleep-talking, and sleep apnea. When it occurs while you are awake — and is happening unconsciously — it can stem from stress, anxiety, anger, frustration, and overall tension. A jaw misalignment can also be behind bruxism. Typical symptoms include diminished tooth enamel, sensitive teeth, a sore jaw, flat and chipped teeth, and headaches that seem to stem from the temple.

TMJ Disorder

The symptoms of TMJ Disorder, also known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, are frequently associated with other issues, so you might be suffering from it without even knowing. These symptoms include headaches, earaches, and jaw aches, difficulty chewing, and persistent jaw popping. This is a particularly painful disorder because the jaw joints it affects are surrounded by a vast network of nerves. Additionally, because these specific joints are responsible for facilitating talking and eating, your misaligned jaw is always moving, causing more pain.

How We Treat It

Interestingly, treatments for bruxism and TMJ Disorder are quite similar. For both, we craft a custom-made nightguard for you to wear in your mouth while you sleep. The one we provide for bruxism prevents your teeth from grinding and clenching while you slumber. For TMJ Disorder, the mouthguard gently puts your jaw into its correct position, alleviating strain and helping rebalance your affected joints. If damage has already occurred, we can provide restorative and cosmetic procedures to help fix your teeth.

Schedule Your Bruxism And TMJ Treatment Today

If you think you might have bruxism or TMJ Disorder, please reach out to us before any more damage occurs. You can schedule an appointment today by calling Alba Dental Care in El Paso, TX, at (915) 286-ALBA (2522). We also serve the Horizon community.

Our Practice

We are proud to offer comprehensive dental care to our fantastic El Paso community. Our goal is to help all of our patients maintain the healthiest possible smiles.

Insurance and Payment

We recommend calling us to confirm that we accept your insurance. We also suggest calling your insurance provider to make sure your procedure is covered.

Schedule Your Appointment

To see how we can help you achieve the smile of your dreams, please do not hesitate to call us today at (915) 286-ALBA (2522)