Mouthguards & TMJ / TMD

Protect your teeth

tmjDo you suffer from headaches, migraines, jaw pain, sinus problems, earaches, ringing in your ears, dizziness, teeth grinding and clenching, or jaw clicking and popping? All of these symptoms could come from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), and they can be addressed through temporomandibular joint (TMJ) treatment using custom mouthguards and therapy techniques at Walker and Barr, DMD.

Why do I have TMJ/TMD?

TMD can come from a number of sources, including jaw, neck, or head injuries, diseases such as arthritis, misalignment of your bite, or even stress. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ), ligaments, and muscles in front of your ears are responsible for opening and closing your jaw, and improper functioning can lead to not only painful symptoms, but in some severe cases, lasting damage.

Dr. Walker and Dr. Barr use noninvasive testing and advanced techniques to study the pattern of your jaw movements and recommend optimal treatment options. Please contact your Brandon dentists today and take your first step toward a more functional, pain-free mouth.

Sports Mouthguards

Wearing a mouthguard during games and practices for contact sports is essential in the prevention of injuries to the mouth and facial region. The American Dental Association estimates that mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year.

Why get fitted for a mouthguard?

  • Comfortable and resilient
  • Customized for a personal fit
  • No odor or taste
  • Minimal speech impediment
  • Proper fit and thickness

The main differences between an over-the-counter mouthguard versus a customized mouthguard created by Dr. Walker and Dr. Barr are durability, comfortable fit, and protection. While the upfront cost of a generic mouthguard may be less, they will wear out faster, can be poorly fit so as to cause the wearer to constantly “bite down” to keep the mouthguard in place and provide the least amount of protection. They tend to be uncomfortable and, as a result, are often not worn consistently enough to prevent injury.

If you have any questions about mouthguards or TMJ/TMD and would like to schedule an appointment with your Brandon dentists, please contact our office today at (813) 689-5928.