Andrew Jung DDS
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
(562) 595-4147

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): TMJ & Teeth Grinding

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Patient education is one of the important services we provide at the office of Andrew R. Jung, DDS. There's a lot to know about keeping your smile healthy and beautiful, so we don't expect you to be an expert. That is why we encourage you to ask questions whenever anything is not clear. When we know what your concerns are, we can provide you with thoughtful answers to help you make important decisions about your dental care.

There are certain questions we're asked all the time, and we've shared some of them here. But there's a lot to know about your dental care, and your question may not be answered. Please feel free to call our office at (562) 424-0777, or, if you prefer, fill out our convenient online form and let us know what's on your mind.

 

TMJ & Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, and problems with your dental bite are both common causes of tooth sensitivity.

When you clench and grind your teeth, you are putting increased bite pressure on them. And when your teeth experience increased bite pressure, the internal pulp (nerves and blood vessels of the tooth) becomes irritated and inflamed, causing sensitivity to cold, hot, or sweet foods and drinks. 

At the office of Andrew R. Jung, DDS, the treatment of sensitive teeth usually consists of bite (occlusal) adjustments to help balance and equalize the way your teeth meet when they come together. Occlusal guards or day guards prevent you from grinding and clenching your teeth while relaxing your jaw muscles. These treatments, along with topically applied desensitizing agents, can help tremendously in eliminating tooth sensitivity.

If you are experiencing chronic headaches and jaw or neck pain, you may be grinding your teeth without realizing it, but we can help. Dr. Jung has over 25 years experience in treating the annoying and painful symptoms of teeth grinding. 

We would love to speak to you about how we can help you get the relief you need. Please call our Long Beach dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a convenient consultation.

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