Functional Disorders: What Are They?

Have you been told that you are suffering from a functional disorder when it comes to your oral health but you don’t really understand what this means? Fortunately, this typically suggests that we can offer you effective therapy to improve whatever disorder and discomfort you are dealing with. For a thorough explanation, please voice your questions during your next visit and we will be happy to respond. For now, allow us to offer some introductory information that will shed light on what’s happening with your oral structures.

About Functional Disorders

When you hear this term, it is important that you think of it in contrast to the other type of oral health issues patients may deal with (which include hygiene-related problems, such as infection or decay). We say “functional” because it refers to the way your muscles, bones, ligaments, and other tissues work together to function, so you can use your mouth to its full potential. Common disorders include the following:

  • Bruxism: This disorder is the result of grinding or clenching. Whether you grind your teeth or clench them, you will experience discomfort and possible damage.
  • TMJ Disorder: This problem is the result of damaged or malfunctioning TMJs (jaw joints). You may experience popping, discomfort, and difficulty moving your jaw with ease.

How We Can Help You

Great news: We can help you attain a level of comfort again, while we prevent the significant damage that can occur with functional disorders. By treating the problem immediately, you can enjoy a positive outlook that includes relief and healing. In general, functional concerns require completely noninvasive therapy with the use of a mouthguard-like device known as an oral appliance. The device will adjust your bite as necessary to offer a safe position and comfort while you sleep at night – pretty simple.