February 12, 2021


Dear Valued Patients,


Serving you for 26 years has transformed me and my profession as a dentist. For this, I feel honored to serve each of you in managing your dental health. It is time for me to pass the baton. I am privileged to pass the dental practice that I hold in my heart, Aesthetic and General Dentistry, to Dr. Peter Kelly, a qualified and knowledgeable dentist with a myriad of talents and experience.


I will still be here to offer my services in the next few months, to assist Dr. Kelly and his partners in this transition. I am also happy to inform you that our entire outstanding dental team will remain with Dr. Kelly. I have confidence that Dr. Kelly will continue the practice’s mission of providing excellent dental care.


Thank you so much for all the experience in becoming a better dentist to you. My personal journey is taking me along another pathway. I will remember you, the relationship, and the memories.


With best wishes and deep gratitude,


Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr., DMD

TMJ Disorder Symptoms By Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr., DMD on December 20, 2020

woman suffering from TMJ disorder symptomsThe temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the juncture between the jaw and the cranium. It is one of the most complicated joints in your body given all of the movements needed to eat, speak, and make facial expressions. Wear and tear to the joint can lead to problems with jaw movement and function. This is known as TMJ disorder, or TMD.

Not all patients will require TMJ surgery for TMD treatment. Dr. Alfredo Gapuz has helped many people in the Orlando, FL, area with minimally invasive procedures. Knowing the signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder can help you get the treatment you need as soon as possible. Below are some of the most well-known signs of TMD.

Clicking and Popping

A clicking and popping sensation when you open your jaw wide is one of the most well-known symptoms of TMJ disorder. It may also be accompanied by a grinding sensation as you move your jaw.


Many individuals with TMJ disorder experience limitations in the movement of their jaw joint. It can cause their jaw to become locked in a given position, or leave them unable to open their mouth past a certain point.

Jaw Pain

Soreness in the jaw accompanied by the other symptoms listed above typically indicates some dysfunction of the joint. Many people diagnosed with TMD at our Orlando practice will notice some amount of jaw discomfort as well as the other symptoms discussed here.

Fractured Teeth

Many people develop TMJ disorder because they grind their teeth at night, a condition known as bruxism. Gnashing and clenching your teeth during sleep can cause strain to the jaw joint as well as damage to your teeth.

Sore Teeth and Gums

Many people who suffer from TMJ disorder also notice soreness in their teeth and gums. This could be caused by teeth grinding or excessive pressure placed on one part of the mouth when biting and chewing.


The pain from TMJ disorder doesn’t just remain around the jaw joint. Any clenching of the teeth or strain around the jaw could also lead to tension headaches. Some patients may suffer from migraines due to their TMJ disorder or bruxism as well.

Neck and Shoulder Pain

As the jaw strains as it moves, this could lead to tension around the neck and upper shoulders. The muscles of the head and neck are interconnected, and problems around the jaw can affect more than just your ability to bite and chew.

Eye Pain

If you touch your temples when you clench your jaw, you may notice some pressure. This can radiate to the eye area. This kind of pain may be accompanied by headaches, neck aches, and other TMJ-related pain affecting the face and head.


Since the jaw joint is close to the ear, many TMD patients complain of earaches. Even worse, TMJ disorder could contribute to tinnitus, which means an annoying, persistent ringing in the ears. Tinnitus can have serious effects on your overall quality of life.

Contact Aesthetic and General Dentistry

If you live in Orlando and notice any of the TMJ disorder symptoms listed above, it’s a good idea to meet with a dentist for a checkup. For more information, contact Aesthetic and General Dentistry online or call our office at (407) 251-5100.

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Dr. Alfredo Gapuz was recently recognized in local publications as an Orlando Dentist of the Year and as a 2019 Top Dentist. He holds several other distinctions, such as:

  • Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • Graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Fellow of the Academy for Dental-Facial Esthetics

To schedule your consultation at our Orlando office, contact us online or call us at (407) 251-5100.

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