TMJ Dysfunction and Bruxism

TMJ dysfunction, also called TMD, refers to dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull.

Bruxism means you grind and clench your teeth. Some people do not know they have bruxism because it occurs during sleep.

Both of these conditions can lead to health complications and pain.

Fortunately, your Winter Park dentist successfully treats these conditions in our dental office. Dr. Bryant Anderson customizes your treatment and works with you to reverse these conditions and eliminate the complications.

TMJ Dysfunction in Winter Park

TMJ Dysfunction, sometimes linked to bruxism, requires treatment. It can lead to:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Ear pain
  • Neck pain
  • A locked or stiff jaw
  • Clicking sound in the jaw

TMJ dysfunction requires treatment to help improve life quality and prevent complications.

Bruxism in Winter Park

While some enamel wear is expected as we age—a result of chewing—excessive erosion of tooth enamel and fractures are not.

If your teeth are breaking, chipping, or you have a sudden onset of cavities, you may be suffering from bruxism. Bruxism can also contribute to TMJ Dysfunction.

Additional symptoms include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Headache
  • Neck pain

Many people with bruxism wake in the morning with sore jaws, and in severe cases, the muscles on either side of the face can enlarge and create additional complications.

Fortunately, your dentist in Winter Park provides bruxism treatment to help you live your best life without pain or the threat of teeth breakage.

Many conditions can cause bruxism, including:

  • Stress
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Habit

TMJ Dysfunction, Bruxism, and Treatment

Your Winter Park Dentist has advanced training in TMJ and bruxism therapies and has successfully treated many patients for these conditions.

A custom nightguard, also called an occlusal guard, gently separates your jaws during sleep, allowing you to rest comfortably, not clench and grind, and wake up refreshed. Your dentist creates your occlusal guard, so it fits the unique contours of your jaw.

BOTOX® has been used for years in the treatment of headaches and fine lines. But BOTOX is also an excellent option for TMJ dysfunction and bruxism treatment because it relaxes or makes rigid the muscles around the jaw. This effect makes it more challenging to clench and grind your teeth.

Your dentist administers BOTOX with a whisper-thin needle, so it feels more like a mild sting than a poke. Patients sometimes experience slight bruising or soreness for a day or two, but you can treat this with over-the-counter pain relievers.

If Dr. Anderson feels that BOTOX is a good option for you, he will create a custom treatment schedule.

Contact Our Dental Office

We want to treat your TMJ dysfunction and bruxism before it causes irreversible damage, including tooth loss. Left untreated, these conditions can lead to costly therapies as well.

If you suspect you might have TMJ dysfunction or bruxism, contact a member of our friendly dental team to schedule your consultation today.

We serve patients in Winter Park, Maitland, Orlando, Casselberry, Longwood, Oviedo, Winter Springs, and other nearby and outlying locations.