TMJ vs. Bruxism

March 28, 2017

Filed under: Blog — puredental @ 2:46 pm

Temporomandibular joint disorder, often referred to simply as “TMJ”, and bruxism are two common disorders that often get mixed up with each other. However, although they may have somewhat similar symptoms, their treatments are different—so it’s important to make the distinction between the two of them so that they can be treated appropriately. Below is a description of each disorder, their symptoms, and ways that both are treated.


The temporomandibular joint is found on both sides of your jaw. It is the joint that holds the upper and lower portion of the jaw together and allows you to open and close your mouth. When somebody has TMJ disorder, it means that there is a problem with this joint. Most commonly, it refers to the pain and compromised movement of the joint as well as the muscles that surround it. Consequences of TMJ disorder include jaw pain, a clicking sound when the mouth opens or closes, lockjaw, headaches, and difficulty chewing. Night guards are available to help treat TMJ. The night guards used to help treat TMJ are oral appliances that reposition the user’s bite in order to relieve pain or discomfort. Each person is different, so it’s incredibly important that this device be made custom to accommodate each specific patient.


Bruxism is a term used to describe a disorder where a person clenches or grinds their teeth. Most often, bruxism affects a patient at night while they sleep—when they clench or grind their teeth involuntarily. The problem is that continuous clenching or grinding of the teeth wears the teeth down, causing tooth and joint pain alike. Jaw pain and aching muscles are common with this disorder, which is often why it is confused with TMJ. It should be noted, however, that the night guards used to treat bruxism are different from those used to treat TMJ. Bruxism night guards are also oral appliances, but instead of repositioning your bite to relieve jaw discomfort, they are used as a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth so that they do not grind or clench.
Both TMJ and bruxism are very common and are entirely treatable. Pure Dental Spa in West Loop & Bloomingdale treat cases of TMJ and bruxism most often with the introduction of a night guard. If you experience TMJ or bruxism, we urge you to schedule your reservation at Pure Dental Spa today!

Dentistry From The Heart 2017!

March 21, 2017

Filed under: Blog — puredental @ 2:46 pm

It’s that time again! Time for Pure Dental Spa to give back to the community that give so much to us! On April 21st, 2017, Pure Dental Spa’s West Loop location will be hosting our very own Dentistry From The Heart Event! That means that we will be offering FREE dental services to members of the community.
Unfortunately, the Chicago community has a large population of people whose dental needs are not being met. Whether it’s a lack of dental insurance, an inability to meet their copay, or a number of other reasons—proper dental care just seems too expensive for some of our Chicago neighbors. Dentistry From The Heart is a nonprofit organization based out of New Port Richey, Florida that works to supply communities all over the country & world with free dental care. The main goal of the organization is to make high-quality dental care accessible to those who might not otherwise be able to afford it. The foundation has been working with different providers all over for 16 years to keep underprivileged patients smiling.
At our event on April 21st at our West Loop location, patients will have the opportunity to receive our top-notch dental care for absolutely free! Participants in the event will have the opportunity to choose between a free extraction, a free filling, or a free cleaning depending on what the patient needs. The event is first come, first serve, so you’ll want to get in line as early as you can to make sure you get on the list! Registration starts at 7:30 am and goes until about 11:00 am. If you plan on waiting in line to register, make sure you dress for the weather! Bring snacks, water, and maybe blankets or a fold-up chair, as the line can get pretty long.
This is the first time our West Loop location has offered our services through Dentistry From The Heart! We could not be more excited to treat the residents of Chicago! If you know anyone who isn’t covered by dental insurance or who you think might benefit from our Dentistry From The Heart event in West Loop, please pass this article along to them! We want to provide free dental care to as many patients as we can on Friday, April 21st!
If you want to learn more about Dentistry From The Heart, who they help, or how you can do your part to help, visit their website.

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