Mouth Guards & 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 temporal mandibular joint disorder (TMD), and they can be addressed through temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) treatment using custom mouth guards and therapy techniques at Walker & Raynal, 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 temporal mandibular 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 severe cases, irreparable damage.

When the jaw and the joints or ligaments are not functioning properly, the position of the jaw and the way your teeth fit together can be affected, causing discomfort and irreversible damage.

Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal utilize non-invasive testing and state of the art techniques to study the pattern of your jaw movements and recommend optimal treatment options. Please contact our Brandon, FL office today and take your first step toward a functional, pain-free mouth.

Sports Guards

Protect your or your children’s teeth with a custom athletic mouth guard.

Wearing a mouth guard during certain sporting events is essential in the prevention of injuries to the mouth and facial region. The American Dental Association estimates that mouth guards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year.

Why get fitted for a mouth guard?

  • 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 mouth guard versus a customized mouth guard created by Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal is durability, fit, and protection. While the upfront cost of a generic mouth guard 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 mouth guard in place, and provides the least amount of protection.

If you have any questions about mouth guards or TMJ, or would like to schedule an appointment with your Brandon dentist, Dr. Walker or Dr. Raynal, please contact our Brandon dental office today at (813) 689-5928.