The jaw joint, or the TMJ, can have soreness or pain because of many different reasons, however we find that the most common contributor to these problems come from night time clinching or grinding. Sleep experts say that everyone clinches or grinds their teeth to one degree or another while they sleep. Whatever our "normal level" of night time clinching or grinding is, we all tend to increase the intensity of this activity when we are under stress or in pain. All of this over use of the chewing muscles and teeth can lead to a host of problems: sore or sensitive teeth, broken teeth, headaches, popping or clicking noises when opening, lockjaw, and TMJ pain. Sometimes a specialist is needed to properly address TMJ problems, but often we can find a relatively simple solution to them in our office.