The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull in the front of each ear. When this joint is malfunctioning, it can lead to several dental issues. At Dedicated Dentistry, we offer TMJ therapy to restore the functionality of your bite and alleviate your symptoms.
Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Dedicated Dentistry is led by Dr. Barton Aiken, a certified dentist with over 20 years in the area. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out how TMJ Therapy can benefit you.
What is TMJ Therapy?
Although most TMJ disorders are named after the joint itself, they are also commonly referred to as Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). Your TMJ gives you the ability to talk, chew, and yawn and these daily activities can be inhibited if your TMJ is not working properly.
Studies suggest that TMJ is either caused by a malfunction in the muscles near the joint or in the joint itself. Patients can experience multiple uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw or ear area when you eat, talk or open your mouth wide
- Jaws that become stuck or that lock in an open or closed position
- Popping, grating or clicking noises when your jaw is in motion, which may or may not be painful.
- Trouble chewing or feeling as though the upper and lower jaw are not aligned
- Swelling or tiredness in the face
- Other symptoms such as frequent earaches, headaches, dizziness and more have also be experienced.
How are TMJ Disorders Treated?
There are several techniques available to correct TMJ disorders. Doctor Aiken will use the latest in x-ray and diagnostic technology to evaluate your individual condition and suggest the most conservative and effective treatments that fit your priorities.
Some of the commonly suggested treatment options for TMJ disorders are:
- Night guards. Doctor Aiken will custom fit a night guard for use while you sleep, which will prevent you from grinding your teeth. This appliance not only keeps you from damaging your teeth due to excessive grinding, but it also places your bite in the proper position.
- Dental implants or Bridges. In some cases, replacing missing teeth with permanent implants or bridges can help realign the bite and alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorders.
Although there are several possible causes and solutions to treating TMJ disorders, Dr. Aiken will use best and least invasive methods to give you optimal results.
Contact Dedicated Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aiken and find out how TMJ therapy can improve your jaw functionality.