People who suffer from TMJ tend to clench their jaws and grind their teeth, especially when they are anxious or asleep. This leaves TMJ patients feeling as if they have sore jaws, and their back teeth may be worn down. Eventually, they also may have trouble chewing, or regularly experience a “popping” sensation when they open or close their mouths. It is impossible to diagnose yourself with TMJ, but if these signs sound familiar to you, it is important to set up an appointment with a dental care provider like Dr. Chitra right away. Her training will help get to the heart of your issues, and if you are determined to have TMJ, she can fit you with a night guard and discuss the possibility of surgery if the condition is particularly severe. However, in most cases, behavioral changes and the wearing of the night guard device is usually enough to solve the problem.