At Clinton Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are here to help you treat complex dental concerns using advanced treatment methods. Our office is happy to provide TMJ treatment to patients who are suffering from a TMJ disorder. A TMJ disorder occurs when the temporomandibular joint of your jaw becomes inflamed or injured, likely due to other underlying dental concerns. To help patients suffering from TMJ disorders, we offer a wide range of treatment plans to address the various dental concerns that could be contributing to your pain. Learn more about TMJ treatment options below.
TMJ Treatment in Clinton, NC
Dr. Jeffrey Hays provides restorative dentistry to correct TMJ issues and address frequent jaw pain. He has helped many patients overcome the painful symptoms of TMJ disorders using personalized TMJ treatment plans. Depending on the source of your TMJ disorder, Dr. Hays will recommend which treatment option will best meet your needs. If you have a TMJ disorder, it is very likely that you will experience one or more of these symptoms:
- Jaw pain
- Tension headaches
- Popping or clicking sound when you chew
- Facial muscle tension
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Worn-down teeth
- Loose teeth
Treatment Options for TMJ Disorders
Depending on the underlying cause of your TMJ disorder, we will offer you a personalized treatment plan that best meets your needs and addresses your symptoms. Here are some of the potential treatment options for TMJ disorders:
- Oral Appliance Therapy – Often, patients with TMJ disorders have a habit of grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw during times of high stress. If this is the case for you, we will provide a custom oral appliance designed to take the stress off your jaw joints. If worn at night, this will prevent you from being able to grind your teeth together. Additionally, it will hold your jawbone in a healthier resting position as you sleep, meaning you will wake up with a completely tension-free jawbone.
- Orthodontics – Bite misalignment is another common cause of TMJ disorders. If you suffer from crossbite, overbite, underbite, or crooked teeth, we may recommend orthodontics as a TMJ treatment option. With the help of orthodontic treatment options, we will help you realign your bite pattern for better functionality.
- Tooth Replacement – If you are missing one or more teeth, this too throws off your bite pattern and places unintended pressure on your remaining dental structures. If this is found to be the source of your jaw pain, we will offer a wide range of restorative dentistry services to help you restore your smile from the harmful effects of tooth loss.
If you experience frequent jaw pain, tension headaches, muscle tension, or earaches, please schedule an appointment with our amazing dental professionals. They will work with you to locate the underlying source of your pain and offer you a treatment plan that best meets your needs. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you restore your jaw health.