TMD/Bruxism in St. Cloud, FL

Most people have mild jaw discomfort occasionally. But if you have a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, also known as TMD, you experience more severe, ongoing symptoms that may be related to bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching. When you need relief from TMD and bruxism, Lakeshore Dental Care can help!

Symptoms of a temporomandibular disorder often go beyond jaw popping and locking. TMD can cause sleep disturbances, ear pain or tinnitus, pain when yawning or chewing, frequent headaches, and sensitive teeth.

If TMD is affecting your quality of life in St. Cloud, Florida, or its surrounding communities, call us today for a comprehensive TMD exam. We will help determine the exact cause of your discomfort and work together with you to create an individualized treatment plan.

Causes of TMD

One of the most common causes of TMJ pain is bruxism, which happens when you grind or clench your teeth at night. If you wake up with symptoms like neck or shoulder pain, headaches, or jaw clicking or popping, you may be grinding or clenching your teeth as you sleep. Bruxism also causes excessive wear on your teeth, which can lead to teeth sensitivity.

Other causes of TMD include rheumatoid arthritis, jaw trauma, and hormonal fluctuations in women. The good news is that you don't have to suffer from TMJ pain any longer!

Treatments for TMD and Bruxism

When you visit our St. Cloud, Florida dental office for relief from jaw pain and other symptoms, we will take a detailed oral and medical history, examine your teeth, jaw, neck, and face, and take images, if necessary. He’ll also rule out causes that may not be related to TMD.

Our team is committed to educating patients about their options so that they can make informed decisions about their choices. If the cause of your jaw pain is due to teeth grinding or clenching, Our dentists will recommend the most conservative TMJ treatment options first. We’ll take the time to discuss with you how to integrate lifestyle changes into your routines, such as relaxation techniques, stress management, and nutritional strategies. These small tweaks can make a big difference for some patients!

In addition to lifestyle changes, we may recommend these TMJ pain relief treatments in our St. Cloud dentist office:

Oral Appliance – To protect your teeth and put an end to your symptoms, we can design a custom splint that will help position your jaw properly. 

Bite adjustment  – Sometimes, your bite can cause jaw dysfunction because the teeth do not come together correctly. Bite balancing can resolve the problem and improve comfort and function.

If you suffer from bruxism or painful jaw and TMJ symptoms, call our St. Cloud, Florida dental office to schedule an appointment today. We're dedicated to providing personalized dental services that fit your needs and restore your quality of life!