Gulf Shore Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Dr. Brian Childs, DDS, FICOI, FAGD & Dr. Andrew Haidet, DMD

TMJ Treatment in Naples, FL

TMJ Treatment Naples FLDo you have headaches or neck pain? Does your jaw click, pop, or lock? Do you hear grinding noises when you open and close your mouth? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may suffer from a TMJ disorder (temporomandibular joint disorder). The definition of TMJ includes a variety of jaw conditions that affect over ten million Americans. 

These conditions can be painful, making it difficult to eat certain foods, to open your mouth fully, or even to speak. You may even experience difficulty opening your mouth wide enough to have your teeth professionally cleaned, putting your oral health at risk. When left untreated, TMJ conditions can cause gradual deterioration of your jaw joints and worsening symptoms. 

Symptoms and causes for TMJ vary widely from person to person, but may include:

  • Clicking, popping, or locking of the jaw
  • Teeth that do not come together correctly
  • Pain in your jaw joints
  • Muscular facial pain or swelling
  • Headaches, neck aches, and shoulder pain
  • Limited movement when opening or closing your mouth
  • Grinding and clenching
  • Tooth sensitivity

What Causes TMJ Pain Disorders?

Occasionally, ear and jaw pain comes from trauma, which may occur in an accident or while playing sports. It is also common for jaw pain symptoms to appear with no clear cause. Occlusion (how your upper and lower teeth fit together) also plays a role in the function of your jaw joints. Since women are diagnosed more frequently than men, scientists are looking at a possible link between TMJ disorders and female hormones. 

Jaw Pain Treatment

At Child and Childs Dentistry, we will expertly diagnose and recommend treatment based on your individual health concerns. We offer various types of removable appliances (splints) to therapeutically guide your jaw into an ideal orthopedic position. When worn as instructed, this non-invasive treatment can relieve symptoms and allow proper healing. Drs. Childs and Childs create custom splints, designed to fit your teeth perfectly, making them both comfortable and effective. 

Bruxism Treatment (Excessive Teeth Grinding and Clenching)

Do you sometimes catch yourself grinding teeth? Do you wake up in the morning to tooth or jaw pain? Are your teeth sensitive? Do you have cracked or worn teeth? You may be excessively clenching or grinding.

This condition, known as bruxism, is very common but can have serious consequences. Clenching and grinding occur more commonly while you are sleeping but can also occur consciously or unconsciously in the daytime. Stress, occlusion, and medications can all factor into the causes of bruxism. 

Like TMJ disorders, we can treat bruxism with a custom removable splint. A splint can help protect your teeth from cracks and wear by creating a barrier between your upper and lower biting surfaces. It also decreases tooth sensitivity in many patients. 

Call Us for an Appointment to Evaluate Your Jaw 

If you suffer from jaw pain, clenching, or grinding and want to discuss the treatment options for TMJD, call Drs. Brian and Janet Childs today.