Help Your Jaw With TMJ Treatment in Orlando
Frequent headaches and migraines, or pain in your neck, shoulder, or jaw could all be signs of
TMJ problems. You don’t have to continue through life in pain, however. Overmeyer Family Dental offers effective TMJ treatment that can:Dr. Thomas Talks about TMJ and Teeth Grinding Read Transcript
As far as grinding and clenching, those are the paranormal habits that a lot of people have, and it's intensified by stress. Doing this on your teeth can create muscle pains in your face, head, and joint pain up here in what we call a TMJ, which is temporomandibular joint, which is right in front of your ear. These pains collectively are called TMJ syndrome, okay?
We treat the more simple cases. A lot of people clench or grind their teeth, not that they admit to but their teeth tells us they are. We use a simple night guard which is a mouthpiece with a little buildup in the front so that when you bite down, only your front teeth touch on the front of the night guard. What that allows is the back teeth to be separated because when your back teeth touch, these muscles flex, these muscles flex, and they can generate up to 800 pounds of pressure.
When only my front teeth touch, there's no back teeth touching on either side, I can't squeeze hard enough to flex these muscles anymore. It's like going to a gym. If you pick up a heavy weight, and you work that muscle, muscle gets sore. If you go to the gym and pick up the light weight, you can do that all day long, okay? So that's the same way that the night guard works.
- Reduce or eliminate your jaw pain.
- Ease stress and tension in your neck and shoulder area
- Help prevent tooth enamel damage caused by teeth grinding.
- Reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches.
- Make it easier to open and close your mouth comfortably.
Call us today to schedule your TMJ consultation: (407) 871-3143. We’re located at 3221 S. Conway Road, Suite C.
Skilled, Conservative Care Makes a Difference
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) 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, known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).
Surgery and invasive treatments are typically used as a last resort. Dr. Tom and Dr. Jessica recommend conservative therapies to manage TMJ problems. To relieve pain and discomfort, they may recommend:
- Stress Management
- Habit Modification
- Use of Mouthguards (night guards and sports guards)
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. In addition to TMJ problems, a custom mouthguard can protect your mouth during contact sports.
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.
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. Common symptoms of TMD include:
- 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
Get the Orlando TMJ treatment you need to feel better. Call us today to make an appointment or request an appointment time online.