Category: Teeth Grinding

How Sleep Disorders Can Cause TMJ Pain

Written by Michael R. Cortese, D.M.D. on Mon 05/23/2016

Sleep apnea affects more than simply the quality of your sleep. While sleep deprivation is certainly a real outcome, the truth is that sleep apnea can have serious consequences on many parts of the body, including the teeth and jaw joint (known as the temporomandibular joint or the TMJ). Here, Dr. Michael Cortese of Princeton…

How Night Guards Can Worsen Sleep-Related Disorders

Written by Michael R. Cortese, D.M.D. on Sat 04/23/2016

Night guards are commonly used by people that suffer from chronic bruxism (teeth grinding). However, anyone considering the use of a night guard should be aware of the appliance’s possible risks — namely, that it can worsen sleep disorders like sleep apnea, which often go undiagnosed but have life-altering consequences. Here, certified prosthodontist Michael Cortese…