The Differences Between Bruxism and TMJ Disorder

by | Nov 13, 2021 | TMD Specialis, TMJ, TMJ Specialist

Sometimes, even with a diagnosis, understanding of the disease or disorder that you suffer from can be elusive at best. Because of this confusion, if there are multiple disorders, such as Bruxism and TMD, that are similar, it is easy to become misinformed. Though there is a natural propensity to group similar disorders together, this often causes one, or multiple, to be overlooked. Even though there may be similar solutions or cures between the two disorders, it is vital that you are properly diagnosed, especially in the case of TMJ Disorder, as Bruxism is simply a symptom of many that can indicate TMD. TMJ expert and specialist, Dr. Sid Solomon, DDS, understands the inherent difference between Bruxism and TMJ Disorder.


Bruxism: There is no absolute cause but is generally during the night, due to stress, environment or bad sleeping habits. Because of this, the clenching and grinding associated with Bruxism can actually cause TMJ pain and flare ups.

TMJ Disorder: TMJ Disorder is specifically caused and related to an issue with the temporomandibular joint.,TMJ Disorder is generally caused by blunt force such as a car accident, trauma to the face, previous dental or orthodontic work that has led to a misalignment of the bite, bad posture or another specific incident that a TMJ specialist can identify.


The Pain

Bruxism: If you’re suffering from Bruxism, the pain is generally on a scale from 0-5, usually laying right in the middle at a “tense/ pressure” feeling in the cheeks, jaw and mouth.

TMD: With TMJ Disorder, although a much wider range from 1-10, the average pain level is extreme enduring discomfort, in the face, head and body. TMJ pain can also go from non-existent to debilitating in the matter of days.


Bruxism: Although usually temporary, if Bruxism is long lasting, a night guard or simple mouth guard will usually do the trick in treatment.


TMJ Disorder: TMD is so incredibly complex, needing a true comprehensive neuromuscular expert and TMJ specialist to diagnose and treat, whether with a truly individualized orthotic splint or even surgery.


Because of the misconceptions and misdiagnoses especially when Googling symptoms, it is so important that you see a neuromuscular dentist and truly understand that Bruxism is all but one symptom of TMJ Disorder. Listening to and knowing your body is important, but if you’re unable to do that, seeing a specialist is dynamic. . . Dr. Sid Solomon, DDS is a world-renowned doctor with thirty years of experience and continued education, dedicated to helping patients who suffer from TMJ Disorder get a proper diagnosis and truly hands-on, personalized treatment and care. If previous treatments haven’t worked, don’t get discouraged: Dr. Solomon is truly a “light at the end of the tunnel” and can help you to get back to the pain-free life you deserve. Call today at 310-475-5598 to schedule your comprehensive consultation with Dr. Solomon to get answers and a treatment plan specifically designed to fix your TMD at the root of the cause.

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