TMJ Treatment in Orlando, FL : Teeth Grinding
Do you experience frequent headaches, migraines, or neck, shoulder, and jaw pain? These may be signs of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, also known as TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction). The TMJs are joints that allow your jaw to move easily when you eat, speak, and yawn. If trauma or disease damages the joints, you may experience pain and limited jaw movement.
Below we have answered some of the most common questions we hear regarding TMD. Please feel free to contact your friends at Overmeyer Family Dental about TMJ Treatment in Orlando, FL or any additional concerns you may have. We will be happy to help!
How do I know if I have TMD?
Some people are more susceptible to developing TMJ problems than others: those who habitually clench their jaws and grind their teeth (bruxism), have arthritis, and engage in activities that may cause trauma to the TMJs. See your Orlando, FL dentists right away if you experience the following symptoms of TMJ problems:
- Popping, locking, or clicking sounds when moving the jaws
- Frequent headaches and migraines
- Neck pain that may radiate to the shoulders
- Jaw and muscle discomfort
- Teeth sensitivity
How is TMD treated?
Dr. Tom and Dr. Jessica recommend conservative therapies to manage TMJ problems. To relieve pain and discomfort, your Orlando dentists may recommend painkillers, muscle relaxants, stress management, habit modification, and the use of mouthguards (night guards and sports guards). Surgery and invasive treatments are typically used as a last resort.
How can a mouthguard be used to treat TMD and bruxism?
Mouthguards cover the biting surfaces of the upper or lower teeth, keeping them from making direct contact. Mouthguards also prevent bite problems, teeth sensitivity, and premature tooth wear. One type of mouthguard covers only the upper teeth and allows the jaw to move freely. If you play contact sports, consider getting a custom sports guard to protect your mouth.
Overmeyer Family Dental provides custom night guards to prevent teeth grinding while you sleep. Our night guards are made from ultra-comfortable materials that fit perfectly and do not interfere with normal breathing. During the consultation, your dentist will perform a comprehensive mouth, jaw, and head examination to determine which type of night guard is best for you.
How can I schedule an appointment?
It is easy to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tom or Dr. Jessica. Simply contact our office directly to know more about TMJ Treatment in Orlando, FL! You can reach us by calling 407-603-3839 or by sending us a message using our online contact form. Simply fill it out, click submit, and a member of our team will get back with you as soon as possible. Either way, we will be delighted to help you find a suitable date and time for your visit.
Don’t let teeth grinding or TMJ-related pain ruin your day. Our team will be happy to help you find an effective TMJ treatment solution to meet your TMD needs!