TMD (temporomandibular disorder) is a condition that affects your jaw joint. While this condition is fairly common, it can bring about a wide range of painful symptoms that can interfere with your daily life.
The TMJ dentists at Flatrock Family Dentistry are highly trained to identify the symptoms and help determine whether you suffer from TMD. Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Rouse and Dr. Crosland also offer a variety of treatments to restore your comfort. Call our office in Greenville, South Carolina, for an evaluation of your bite: 864-297-5268.
What Is TMJ/TMD?
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: a splint, also known as a mouth guard or night guard, is made of durable plastic and customized to fit your mouth. Depending on the type of split, it can cover just a few teeth or all of your teeth. Splints can also be worn on the upper or lower dental arches. Splint therapy allows the muscles and ligaments in your jaw to relax and relieve stress. It can also protect your teeth from bruxism, or correct a misaligned bite.
- Equilibration: this procedure involves adjusting dental and jaw alignment to restore balance to your bite. If teeth do not properly fit together, this can cause additional strain on the jaw and cause TMD. Equilibration readjusts your bite to its proper position and helps ease the stress of your jaw.
If you have any questions or concerns about TMD, we welcome you to call 864-297-5268 or visit our practice today. We want to help you maintain a comfortable, pain-free life. Flatrock Family Dentistry serves patients in Greenville, Greer, Simpsonville and nearby areas of South Carolina.