Are you dealing with constant headaches or migraines? Do you seem to carry a lot of tension in your neck and shoulders? Have you been experiencing unexplained jaw pain?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you could be suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, also known as TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction).
At Overmeyer Family Dental in Orlando, FL, we regularly see patients with TMJ/TMD symptoms. We offer several options for TMJ treatment that can help you find relief from your symptoms in no time at all. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with us, but in the meantime, learn more about TMJ and why you’re experiencing those uncomfortable symptoms.
What Is TMJ/TMD?
Your temporomandibular joints give your jaw the ability to move when you eat, talk, and yawn. The joints also control your lower jaw, called your mandible, as it moves. However, if the joints are damaged by trauma or disease, you’ll begin to experience pain in the joints and surrounding areas, as well as limited jaw movement.
Each temporomandibular joint has a disc between the ball and socket. That disc helps your joint better handle the load while allowing it to open widely, glide, or rotate. Any problem that doesn’t allow the joint to function the way it should can result in TMJ disorder.
So how can you tell if you may be suffering from TMJ disorder?
Symptoms Of TMD
Schedule an appointment at Overmeyer Family Dental right away if you notice the following symptoms, as it could be a sign you’ve developed TMD:
- Popping, clicking, or locking sounds when you move your jaw
- Frequent headaches and migraines
- Pain in your neck that radiates to your shoulders
- Discomfort in your jaw muscles
- Teeth sensitivity
You may experience a sudden onset of one or more of these symptoms, or they may gradually occur over time. We encourage you to call us about your symptoms as soon as possible so that we have the best chance of helping you find relief quickly.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
Potential causes of TMJ disorders include:
- Dislocation of the jaw
- Tooth and jaw alignment
- Teeth grinding
TMJ Treatment At The Dentist?
Yes, it’s true! We can treat your TMJ right here in our Orlando, FL dentist office. The first step is to schedule a consultation with us so we can take a look at your mouth and discuss your symptoms. We will likely want to take X-rays as well so we can have a close look at your bone.
Typically, we recommend more conservative treatments first, to see if they can help manage your symptoms. Depending on your symptoms, we may recommend painkillers, stress management, muscle relaxants, changing your habits, or the use of a mouthguard.
In most cases, surgery and more invasive treatments are our last resort.
Mouthguard To Treat TMD
Many of our patients with TMD find relief with the use of a nightguard or mouthguard. The custom-made mouthguards protect the surfaces of your upper and lower teeth, preventing them from making direct contact.
The mouthguards we offer in our Orlando, FL dentist office are made from super comfortable materials that won’t interfere with your normal breathing. While it will likely take some time for you to get used to wearing the mouthguard at night, because it’s made from such comfortable materials, it won’t interfere with your quality of sleep. The mouthguard can help prevent teeth grinding and potentially relieve your symptoms.
Found Out What TMJ Treatment Is Right For You
When you visit Overmeyer Family Dental for a consultation, we will look at all the aspects of your case to determine which solution is right for you. Your health and happiness are our top priorities. We will work hard to make sure we find a solution you’re comfortable with.
To learn more about your treatment options and symptom relief, call Overmeyer Family Dental today to schedule a consultation. Call (407) 603-3839 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!