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TMJ/TMD Treatment

TMJ/TMD therapy in Ocala

Imagine waking up with a dull ache in your jaw or feeling a sharp pain whenever you try to enjoy a meal. These are just a few of the challenges that individuals with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders face daily. At Dentistry at Bridlewood, we understand the frustration and discomfort of TMJ/TMD symptoms. TMJ disorders can have a profound impact on your quality of life, affecting everything from eating and speaking to simply enjoying a conversation with a loved one. That's why our team is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective TMJ/TMD treatment in Ocala, FL, that addresses the root cause of your symptoms and helps you reclaim control over your oral health.

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What are TMJ and TMD?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jawbone to the skull, allowing you to open and close your mouth, chew, and speak. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) refers to a group of conditions that affect the TMJ and surrounding muscles, causing pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and facial muscles. TMD can manifest as a range of symptoms, including jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds, headaches, and difficulty opening or closing the mouth.

What Causes TMJ Dysfunction?

TMJ dysfunction can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching): Habitual teeth grinding or clenching can put excessive pressure on the TMJ, leading to inflammation and pain.
  • Malocclusion (bite misalignment): An improper bite alignment can strain the TMJ and surrounding muscles, contributing to TMD symptoms.
  • Trauma or injury: Direct trauma to the jaw or face can damage the TMJ and trigger TMD symptoms.
  • Stress: Emotional or psychological stress can cause muscle tension and jaw clenching, exacerbating TMJ/TMD symptoms.
  • Arthritis: Degenerative joint conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can affect the TMJ, resulting in pain and limited mobility.

Signs and Symptoms of TMD

Common signs and symptoms of TMJ/TMD include:

  • Jaw pain or soreness
  • Clicking, popping, or grinding sounds when opening or closing the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Ear pain or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Headaches, facial pain, or neck pain
  • Jaw stiffness or limited jaw movement
  • Lockjaw or jaw locking in an open or closed position

Our TMJ/TMD Treatments

Dentistry at Bridlewood offers comprehensive TMJ/TMD therapy tailored to each patient's unique needs. Our treatment options include:

Bite Guard Therapy:

Custom-fitted bite guards alleviate TMJ/TMD symptoms by preventing teeth grinding/clenching and promoting proper jaw alignment. These comfortable oral appliances help reduce muscle tension, protect the teeth from wear, and promote relaxation of the jaw muscles.

Botox Injections for Orofacial Pain:

Botox injections can alleviate muscle spasms and pain associated with TMJ/TMD by temporarily paralyzing the muscles responsible for jaw clenching and tension. This minimally invasive treatment option relieves jaw pain, headaches, and facial discomfort, allowing patients to experience improved comfort and function.

FAQs on TMJ and TMD

Q: How do I know if I have TMJ/TMD? 

A: If you experience persistent jaw pain, clicking/popping sounds, headaches, or difficulty chewing, it's important to consult with a dentist experienced in TMJ/TMD diagnosis and treatment.

Q: Can TMJ/TMD be cured? 

A: While there is no definitive cure for TMJ/TMD, symptoms can often be effectively managed with conservative treatments such as bite guards, Botox injections, and lifestyle modifications.

Q: Does insurance cover TMJ/TMD therapy? 

A: TMJ/TMD therapy coverage may vary depending on your insurance plan. Our team will work with you to maximize your insurance benefits and explore financing options if needed.

Q: How long does TMJ/TMD treatment take to work? 

A: The effectiveness of TMJ/TMD treatment can vary depending on the severity of your symptoms and the chosen treatment approach. Many patients experience significant relief within a few weeks to months of starting therapy.

TMJ and TMD Treatment in Ocala, FL

Don't let TMJ/TMD symptoms interfere with your daily life and well-being. Dr. Stephen H. Dunn, Dr. Guneshi de Mel, and Dr. Sebastian Giambini provide compassionate and effective TMJ/TMD treatment in Ocala, FL, to help you find relief and regain control of your oral health. Whether you're dealing with jaw pain, headaches, or difficulty chewing, our experienced team delivers personalized care and tailored treatment solutions to meet your needs. Schedule your consultation with us today.