Do you find yourself clenching your jaw when stressed? You may have TMD. Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) occur when the joints that connect the skull to the jaw bone are injured or under stress. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) aid in speaking and eating. Developing a bite disorder like TMD often makes it difficult for patients to bite and chew comfortably. TMD can also lead to teeth clenching and grinding in stressful situations or during sleep. However, we provide TMJ treatment for patients in Fleming Island, FL, so they can restore their smile function and comfort.
Common Signs of TMJ Disorders
Patients with TMD can experience these symptoms:
- Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
- Headaches and migraines
- Jaw and facial pain
- Tooth wear
- Pain when biting and chewing hard foods
Please contact our office if you have noticed any of these signs of TMD. We can reverse these symptoms easily if we catch them early.
TMJ Treatment in Fleming Island, FL
A nightguard can help patients who suffer from bruxism, headaches, tooth wear, and pain due to TMD. We take dental impressions to create custom-made nightguards that conform to teeth and prevent further TMJ symptoms. The nightguard covers the upper or lower tooth arch and prevents teeth from grinding together. Wearing a nightguard during sleep protects natural teeth and alleviates facial pain and headaches.
Patients with facial and jaw pain can also receive Botox® injections. Injecting Botox into key areas of the face can help relax the muscles in the face and jaw. We often recommend Botox in conjunction with other TMD treatments like nightguards.
Some patients can also benefit from physical therapy. We can refer patients to a physical therapist that will teach them how to exercise the muscles in their face, jaw, back, shoulders, and arms. Releasing tension in these areas can minimize symptoms and help patients who experience TMJ pain and discomfort.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Do you think you may have a TMJ disorder? Contact 904-284-9911 or request a dental consultation with our team online. If you have any questions about your symptoms or treatment options, please ask us at your next visit.