Get TMJ/TMD Treatment In Fort Mill
If you have been suffering from pain and discomfort in your jaw and you are not sure why, you could be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, usually referred to as TMJ/TMD. This painful condition can interfere with your ability to chew, bite and speak, and cause issues like radiating headaches and jaw pain.
What is TMJ?
TMJ/TMD refers to a dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull and is located just underneath each your ears. TMJ/TMD is typically caused by some kind of damage, inflammation, or trauma to this joint, for example:
- Grinding: If you grind your teeth, excessive strain could be placed on the joint, resulting in inflammation and pain
- Gum chewing: If you chew a lot of gum, the overuse could lead to damage to the temporomandibular joint.
- Injury: Direct trauma can also knock the joint out of place, which can lead to TMJ/TMD.
- Arthritis and Autoimmune disorders: Some kinds of arthritis and autoimmune disorders can cause also joint inflammation and TMJ/TMD.
Do I Have TMJ/TMD?
Know The Signs of TMJ:
TMJ/TMD has a few distinctive symptoms and signs that you should look if you believe you may be suffering from this joint disorder. Pain and tenderness in the jaw are both very common, as is an aching, radiating pain that feels like it’s located right underneath your ear. You may have difficulty and pain while chewing, or you may not be able to open your mouth all the way. In some cases, you may even experience jaw locking, where you cannot close or open your mouth properly. Clicking noises when moving your jaw can also indicate a potential case of TMJ/TMD.
How We Can Help
Treatment Options for TMJ/TMD
Some minor cases of TMJ/TMD can be resolved with anti-inflammatory medications and rest. For TMJ/TMD caused by teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism), Dr. Luck typically uses a Comfort H/S Bite Splint, which is designed to minimize pressure and encourage a healthier jaw position. In some cases, an oral appliance that changes the position of the jaw to reduce pressure on the TMJ/TMD may be prescribed to be worn at night. This will help encourage the healing of the joint. For some cases of TMJ/TMD, corticosteroid injections may be recommended to help the joint heal. In extreme cases, surgery may be required, but this is very rare.
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Get Help Today
If you are experiencing jaw pain, you need to get help from a qualified professional right away. Whether you have TMJ/TMD or another jaw issue, the pain and discomfort can interfere with your ability to live your day-to-day life.
Dr. Luck is an expert in the treatment of TMJ/TMD, and can help you understand the best steps you can take to recover from your condition. To get help and begin healing stop by our office at 342 Patricia Lane, Suite 101, Fort Mill, SC 29708, or contact Luck Family Dentistry at (803) 760-7860 today!