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TMJ and TMD Treatment

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding muscles in the jaw play a primary role in how you chew your food and open and close your mouth. When the jaw joint becomes damaged or overstrained, pain and dysfunction often result. This condition is referred to as TMJ or TMD, and it can cause a significant amount of disruption and discomfort for the patient. At Carolina Commons Dentistry, we have an experienced dentist who can effectively treat your TMJ disorder so that you can regain a comfortable and functional jaw.

TMD can develop due to a variety of factors, including misaligned teeth, malocclusion (bad bite) or a teeth grinding habit. Even issues like sinus problems or allergies that cause you to breathe through your mouth can contribute to excessive jaw stress and TMD. Our priority is to accurately address what is aggravating your jaw joint so that you can find long-term relief. This may involve wearing a custom nightguard for bruxism, replacing missing teeth or undergoing orthodontics to correct the alignment of your teeth.

Symptoms of TMD

TMD can present itself with a wide variety of symptoms. While jaw and facial pain are the most common warning signs, the discomfort can also radiate throughout the head and neck area to cause further disruption. If you are suffering from the following TMJ symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for a professional diagnosis:

  • Headaches
  • Tooth pain
  • Neck or shoulder aches
  • Ear aches or ringing in the ears
  • Sleep disruption
  • Clicking or grinding in the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing or opening the mouth

When it comes to TMD or other issues within the jaw joint, we can help you find the relief you need and deserve at Carolina Commons Dentistry. Our commitment to patient care is unrivaled, which means you’ll be kept comfortable and informed at every step of your treatment. To learn more about our proven treatment options for TMJ and jaw pain, please contact our office today.

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