Do you wake with a clenched, aching jaw or headache? If symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder are causing significant discomfort and inhibiting your daily lifestyle, we can help. The Ballantyne Center for Dentistry uses innovative technology to provide diagnosis and treatment for a range of oral health concerns, including TMJ disorder, at our Charlotte practice. If you live in Matthews, Fort Mill, or a surrounding community and would like to learn more about your treatment options, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today.
The TMJ is a complex joint, and attaches the jaw to the temporal skull bones with ligaments and powerful muscles. It allows you to chew food and talk by opening and closing the jaw. Many factors can cause or exacerbate inflammation in the joint, but most dentists agree that it often arises from a misalignment of the bite surface of your teeth or jaw. Additional sources may include accidental injury to the joint, such as from whiplash or a blow to the head or neck from a car wreck or fall, or some form of arthritis or other inflammatory disease response. Even in advanced cases though, we can often provide you with relief.
The symptoms of TMJ disorder vary depending on the severity of the underlying issue. Normally, if the joint becomes inflamed, it can cause discomfort when you bite or chew, clicking and popping sounds, or difficulty opening the jaw. It may also cause pain or tenderness in the jaw or an aching pain around your ear. In fact, the pain can actually extend down to your neck and shoulders, and around your face as well. The pain and discomfort may be so great that they create headaches and even trigger migraines.
To achieve the highest success rates in treating TMJ disorder, we use the latest forms of digital x-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans and computer software to pinpoint the exact location of the problem. Using this information, we can create custom-made oral appliances and mouth guards to help relieve pressure, ease symptoms, and keep you from grinding your teeth at night. We can also assess your bite by utilizing sophisticated equipment such as the Tekscan® system.
During your initial consultation, we will sit down with you, evaluate your health condition, and discuss your treatment options with you. It is our pleasure to improve the quality of your life, and you will never feel rushed.
Don’t let the pain of TMJ disorder stand in the way of enjoying every single day. Contact us today to find out more about treatment that can help lessen your pain and discomfort.
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