TMJ Treatment / Teeth Grinding

Teeth Grinding and TMJ Treatment in Birmingham, AL

If you’ve been experiencing headaches or noticed that you are grinding your teeth while you sleep, you may need treatment for TMJ dysfunction.

After you’ve been diagnosed, Dr. Perrigo may recommend splints or a teeth grinding mouth guard to help alleviate your TMJ symptoms and correct the problem at the same time. He will also discuss whether you need to consider more complex work, like dental restorations, to ease your TMJ pain.

The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to the temporal bone in your skull. This joint is vital for chewing, talking, yawning, and any other jaw activity. If problems occur in this joint, then it may be Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMD or TMJ.

Through the years, Dr. Perrigo has improved the lives of hundreds of patients with TMJ, and you can rest assured that he can help you too. If you are experiencing pain throughout the face, headaches, locking of the jaw, stiff facial muscles, or hear popping sounds, call us to schedule an appointment or a consultation.

Some of the other symptoms of TMJ that you may be experiencing are:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Restricted jaw movement
  • Changes in the bite
  • Clicking when chewing or opening the mouth

Treating TMJ with Dr. Perrigo

TMJ or TMD is a disorder of the jaw. Basically where sometimes it can be related to the teeth not lining up with the joint or the muscle having a spasm. A lot of times it's related to clenching or grinding your teeth at night. Honestly, it's very debilitating. I see a lot of patients in this practice that run into this problem and they've searched for a lot of other dentists with limited solution. There's not a lot of people treating it out there. It's kind of disheartening in a sense because these patients are kind of in real pain. Typically they'll come into the practice and you'll want to hear their story and you want to take care of these people but the main thing is getting them in a night guard or getting them in some kind of occlusal equilibration where we can get their teeth aligned better with their joint so everything works in harmony with itself. Those are probably the most thankful patients are the ones that have been dealing with this pain for years and years and years and you get them out of it and their lives are kind of changed.


The first step to treat TMJ is to have an examination with Dr. Perrigo. Dr. Perrigo will manipulate your jaw and feel your TMJ joint looking for any possible misalignments. Sometimes he may request panoramic X-rays to make sure the diagnosis is accurate and check if the TMJ may be caused by muscular problems.

TMJ Treatment entails the use of splint therapy. These plastic oral appliances are custom-made based on impressions that the doctor makes of your teeth. The splints are made out of a plastic that is soft on the inside but hard on the outside.

Splints vary based on the purpose they will serve. Splints can be used to reposition a misaligned jaw or to help reduce teeth grinding while sleeping. In these cases, splints are a great option to help reduce the grinding and relax the jaw muscles.

Dr. Perrigo uses an NTI splint as the TMJ treatment if the patient is experiencing migraines from TMJ problems. He will discuss with you whether you will need to wear the splint only at night or also during the day, based on your specific needs.

At Perrigo Dental Care, we pride ourselves on offering a personalized service to all our patients. You can rest assured that no question you may have will go unanswered, and Dr. Perrigo will take great care in explaining any procedures he is recommending. He strives to make sure the lines of communication with the patient are always open from the time of the first visit until the final procedure.

Call us at 205-545-8007 or fill out our convenient online form to schedule an appointment where you can get the answers you need regarding your TMJ treatment and teeth grinding or bruxism. You don’t have to live with headaches any longer!