Functional Disorder Terms You Might Want To Learn

If you’re coming in to see us for functional disorder concerns, meaning you’re having an issue with the way your smile is working and not with its hygiene, then you may quickly notice something: We have answers for you that line up with the symptoms you’re experiencing, which is a huge relief! We offer treatments for things like bruxism disorder and TMJ disorder, too, which is an even bigger relief! However, if you have never heard of these disorders, then there are going to be some terms that are new to you. Once you’ve got them in your mental word bank, easily understanding the diagnoses and treatment suggestions our Conroe, TX team offers will be a breeze!

Preventive Care

You know that when you hear us talk about preventive care, it means we’re talking about dental checkups, cleanings, and dental hygiene. When we connect bruxism disorder treatment with prevention, however, you may not understand the relationship. Remember the following: Prevention also focuses on helping you avoid damage. Treating bruxism is preventive in nature because it allows us to do just that: Stop damage before it starts or worsens!


If we discover during a dental checkup that you suffer from bruxism, you will be pleased to learn that we offer bruxism disorder treatment. However, you may need us to back up for a second. What does bruxism mean, you wonder? It is defined by chronic teeth clenching or grinding. However, it’s something that is primarily out of your control because your body is doing it on its own.


What’s a TMJ? Well, it’s an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint, which is your jaw joint. You have two of them! They connect your jaw to the rest of your cranium and offer movement. When they become damaged, it’s called TMJ disorder.

Oral Appliance

We know this might sound quite clinical or like a big deal but it’s actually one of the gentlest, easiest, least invasive dental treatments out there! There’s nothing to worry about. Fortunately, the first and usually very effective step in treating functional disorders like TMJ disorder or bruxism disorder is the use of an oral appliance. It’s an umbrella term that generally refers to the use of a nighttime mouth guard that will protect your teeth, jaw joints, etc.

Treat Functional Disorders With Our Care

Remember that if you’re having a problem with the function of your smile, such as issues with your jaw joints or chronic grinding, we are here to offer you the thoughtful care and treatment you require to protect your oral health. Come in for a visit in Conroe, TX by scheduling a visit with the Dental Centre of Conroe by calling (936) 441-4600. We serve patients from Conroe, Houston, The Woodlands, Willis, Montgomery, Magnolia, Huntsville, and the neighboring communities.