Do you feel yourself unconsciously clenching your jaw several times throughout the course of a day?
You may have a condition called bruxism that, if left untreated, can cause or worsen a temporomandibular joint disorder and cause your lower face to age quicker. If your TMD bruxism has begun to cause you discomfort in the form of headaches or damaged teeth, you may want to consider undergoing treatment at Windermere Dental & Medical Spa.
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TMD & BRUXISM
WHAT IS TMD BRUXISM?
Clinically referred to as the temporomandibular joints, the joints of the jaw work together with the surrounding muscles, ligaments, bones, and discs to enable you to chew, speak, and yawn. Temporomandibular joint disorder, also referred to as TMD, is a condition characterized by some malfunction of these structures that causes patients significant discomfort or inhibits the normal functioning of the jaw.
While TMD may develop because of abnormalities in the structure or function of the temporomandibular joints, it can also be caused or worsened by bruxism, more commonly referred to as frequent teeth grinding. While no one completely understands what causes bruxism, possible explanations include:
- Coping strategies for anxiety, stress, anger, frustration, or tension
- Abnormal alignment of the upper and lower teeth
- Response to physical pain
- Stomach acid reflux
- Focusing habit
At Windermere Dental & Medical Spa, our dental staff can provide you with the comprehensive, quality care you need to correct your case of TMD bruxism and lead a happier, more comfortable life. If you’d like more information about our practice or are interested in scheduling a consultation appointment at our Orlando office, contact us today!
TMD & BRUXISM
HOW IS IT TREATED?
TMD bruxism can be a difficult condition to correct and treat without the help of a trained professional. At Windermere Dental & Medical Spa, our team of dental experts can provide you with the unique, combination treatment plan you need to overcome your TMD bruxism.
Because many patients affected by TMD bruxism grind their teeth at night, the typical treatment begins by creating a custom-fitted night guard. Depending on the extent and severity of the patient’s TMD bruxism, we may also administer BOTOX® injections. These injections relax the masseter muscles, effectively “resetting” it and helping them stop habitual jaw clenching. BOTOX® injections can also relieve some of the pain associated with TMD bruxism.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR TMD BRUXISM TREATMENT?
Nearly any patient struggling with TMD bruxism is a candidate for treatment at Windermere Dental & Medical Spa. Before treatment, we will carefully examine your mouth, order the proper tests, ask questions about your symptoms and customize a treatment plan that works for you.
Windermere Dental & Medical Spa is the only practice in the Orlando area that provides a comprehensive, combination treatment for TMD bruxism. Contact us today for more information about our practice, or to schedule a consultation appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!