Our dentist and team are committed to providing treatments that will help improve your oral health and quality of life. Two common dental problems that impact your overall quality of life are TMJ disorders and bruxism. Dr. Gregory A. Stiver and Dr. Kurlbaum provide treatments for TMJ disorders and bruxism so that you can once again enjoy a healthy, pain-free smile! Call us today at 816-941-7788 to schedule your consultation at The Dental Care Center and learn more about TMJ treatment and bruxism in Kansas City, Missouri.

TMJ Disorders

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a type of dental problem involving the jaw joint. TMJ disorders develop when the jaw joint becomes stressed, injured or misaligned. Factors such as stress, bruxism, arthritis in the jaw joint, and trauma or injury to the neck, head and jaw may all contribute to the development of a TMJ disorder.

TMJ disorders can be very painful and may have a significant impact on the quality of your day-to-day life. Common problems associated with TMJ dysfunctions include:

  • Grinding, clicking and popping sounds when you open and close your mouth
  • The inability to open your mouth wide to speak, eat or yawn
  • Locked or stuck jaw
  • Pain when chewing and biting
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders or ears
  • Frequent headaches


Bruxism is the habitual grinding and clenching of teeth, and it is one of the largest contributing factors to tooth damage. While it can occur at any time, bruxism is most common at night while asleep. Bruxism causes many problems for your oral health and quality of life, including:

  • Broken, chipped and worn teeth
  • Broken oral appliances
  • Headaches and migraines, especially upon waking
  • Earaches, ear ringing and sore jaw joints
  • Tension and pain in the head, neck and shoulder muscles
  • Pain and tightness in the jaw

Our Treatments

There are a variety of treatments available to help you manage your bruxism or TMJ disorder. After examining your mouth, our dentist will develop a customized treatment plan to help you halt the damage and begin the process of regaining your oral health. Depending on your needs, our dentist may recommend night guards, BOTOX® treatment or other therapies. We may also recommend jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes or further restorative dental treatments.

For more information about treatment for bruxism and TMJ disorders, please contact our office today. We are dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy smile!