Jaw pain, headaches, and a cracking jaw are all symptoms of a condition called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMD. This condition, while common, can have severely painful symptoms and cause great discomfort. At Flatrock Family Dentistry, our dentists are trained to identify the signs of TMD and provide the appropriate treatment. If you experience any symptoms of TMD, and to learn more about how Dr. Rouse and Dr. Crosland can treat your TMD in Greenville, South Carolina, we invite you to call us today at 864-774-0758.
The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, or the joint that connects your lower jaw to the skull. The term “TMJ” or “TMD” is commonly used to refer to the condition where the jaw joint becomes highly stressed, misaligned, or injured. TMD can be difficult to diagnose at times because it can be a result of several different factors, including stress, bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding), arthritis, or trauma to the neck, head, or jaw.
Some of the most common symptoms of TMD include:
– Grinding, popping, or clicking sound when opening or closing your mouth
– Limited jaw mobility, particularly when trying to open wide while yawning, speaking, or chewing
– Locked or stuck jaw
– Pain while chewing or biting
– Pain in the ears, shoulders, or neck
– Frequent and sometimes intense headaches

Depending on the severity and cause of your TMD, our dentists offer several treatment options. Each treatment recommendation is specific to your unique needs. Some of our most common treatments include splint therapy and equilibration.
If you have any questions or concerns about TMD, we welcome you to call or visit our practice today. We want to help you maintain a comfortable, pain-free life.
Splint Therapy
The causes of TMD can vary widely, one of which may involve clenching or grinding your teeth. For most people, this happens at night, although some people find themselves doing it during the day. If your TMD is caused by your bite, Dr. Rouse and Dr. Crosland may suggest splint therapy in Greenville, South Carolina. This treatment involves using a splint, or mouth guard, to protect your teeth and jaw. For more information, we invite you to contact Flatrock Family Dentistry at 864-774-0758 and set up your appointment with our dentists today.
In many cases, TMD is a result of putting too much pressure or stress on the jawbone and muscles. For some people, this added stress is a result of grinding or clenching the teeth, a condition called bruxism. If this is the cause of your TMD, our dentists can use a splint to protect your teeth and help relax your jaw. A splint, also known as a mouth guard, night guard, or occlusal appliance, is designed to fit snuggly around your teeth and provide protection.
There are several different types of splints that can be used for various purposes. One splint, for example, is custom-made to wrap around all of your teeth, much like a nigh guard. Made of either hard or soft materials, this splint creates a barrier between your two dental arches and can prevent you from clenching your jaw.
Another splint is deigned to correct bad bites that may be causing additional strain on the jaw joint and muscles. These types of splints are typically work for 24 hours per day, and they help move the jaw into its correct position, thus relieving the additional stress on your jaw joint and relieving your discomfort.
If you have any questions about TMD or splint therapy, we invite you to call or visit our practice today. Our team is here to help you restore your comfort.
Misaligned bites can cause a series of oral problems. Not only can teeth be more difficult to clean and thus be more susceptible to decay, but your jaw can end up overworking itself. If you suffer from TMD because of a bad bite, Dr. Rouse and Dr. Crosland offer equilibration in Greenville, South Carolina, to fix your bite and restore your comfort. We invite you to learn more by calling Flatrock Family Dentistry at 864-774-0758. Our dentists are here to help take care of you.
Equilibration is a term that refers to the act of establishing balance or equality. When used in reference to the jaw and TMD, is means adjusting the jaw in a way that allows the teeth to line up properly and reduce excess strain that uneven bites put on the jaw joint and muscles.
When a bite is misaligned, the jaw joint and muscles have to overcompensate for the imbalance. This is often due to only a few teeth being actively engaged in chewing or biting as a result of misaligned teeth. Due to the disproportioned stress, typically on one side of the jaw, the muscles easily become fatigued and worn down, resulting in a popping or cracking sound when you move your jaw.
To establish equilibration, there are several treatment options that our dentists may recommend. In most cases, these treatments involve moving the lower jaw into its proper position so that the upper and lower teeth properly fit together. If a bad bite is causing you to suffer from TMD, our dentists can evaluate your condition and help you know which treatment is best. Please contact us today to learn more, and to set up your consultation.