SOURCE: Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr., DMD

Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr., DMD

September 29, 2015 12:33 ET

Orlando Cosmetic Dentist on Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments for TMJ Disorder

Dr. Alfredo Gapuz Discusses How Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) Develops, Its Related Symptoms, and Treatments That Can Be Performed to Alleviate Them

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - Sep 29, 2015) -  According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, approximately 5 to 12% of the population has temporomandibular joint disorder. Dr. Alfredo Gapuz, a dentist in Orlando, says TMJ Disorder -- also known as TMD -- can cause a number of debilitating symptoms and negatively impact the movement and function of the mouth, head, and neck. However, Dr. Gapuz says there are a number of treatments available that can alleviate the effects of TMJ Disorder and help patients reduce the condition's impact on their daily lives.

A blog post by Dr. Gapuz on his practice's website, titled "TMJ Causes and Symptoms," reveals many possible reasons the disorder may develop. In addition to a dislocated temporomandibular joint and imbalanced forces in the jaw, head, and neck, Dr. Gapuz reveals the following events can lead to TMJ disorder:

  • Jaw or muscle injury
  • Disproportionate bite
  • Clenching or grinding of the teeth
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cartilage loss and/or breakdown
  • Overuse of the joint

Dr. Gapuz says symptoms associated with TMJ disorder include facial pain, chronic migraines, dizziness, ringing in the ears, jaw popping or clicking, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, and ear aches. Some patients may even experience painful symptoms in their neck, back, or shoulders, as well as numbness in the arms and fingers, Dr. Gapuz notes. The condition can be very debilitating; however, Dr. Gapuz says, advanced diagnostic tools can be used to create a customized orthotic appliance designed to reduce symptoms of TMJ Disorder.

Dr. Gapuz stresses that patients who suspect they may have TMJ disorder should visit an experienced dental professional to evaluate and diagnose their condition. He says a customized neuromuscular treatment plan can relieve a patient's TMJ symptoms and improve the health and condition of their muscles and joints.

About Alfredo M. Gapuz, DMD

Dr. Gapuz earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from De Ocampo Memorial College, and furthered his education at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. His practice, Aesthetics and General Dentistry, has provided cosmetic dentistry services to the Orlando, Florida area for three decades. Dr. Gapuz is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and many other professional organizations. He is available for interview upon request.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Alfredo M. Gapuz
    14009 Egret Tower Drive
    Orlando, FL 32837
    (407) 251-5100

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