TMJ Therapy – Rock Hill, SC
Relieve Chronic Jaw Pain
When you place your fingertips on the skin just under your ears, you should be able to feel something moving as you open and close your mouth. These are the temporomandibular joints (also known as TMJ), which have the crucial responsibility of connecting the lower jaw to the skull and giving you the ability to speak, chew, and more. Unfortunately, this area may experience strain over time for a variety of reasons, leading to serious and even debilitating symptoms.
If you’re experiencing a lot of discomfort in your mouth and jaw from day to day, don’t hesitate to contact Coombs & Ross Family Dentistry for a consultation to discuss your options for TMJ therapy in Rock Hill, SC. Our doctors want to help you get back to enjoying a pain-free life as soon as possible.
TMJ Diagnosis & Treatment
TMJ disorder has several possible causes. For instance, some patients may experience it because of a significantly misaligned bite, while other cases worsen over time because of bruxism (teeth grinding). Traumatic facial injuries and arthritis can also result in this condition. Thankfully, our dentists are experts at discovering it early on. Here are some common symptoms that patients should be aware of:
- Significant, chronic pain that’s located in the jaw, face, head, shoulders, or neck
- The constant sensation of an earache
- Jaw joints that constantly pop and click
- Difficulty with opening your mouth fully and/or chewing
Equilibration / Occlusal Adjustments
If your particular case of TMJ disorder is caused by a misaligned bite, occlusal adjustment can work wonders in restoring harmony to your overall smile. Our doctors will carefully alter certain teeth with the help of restorative services so that the two rows meet much more evenly and the biting force is properly spread out. This should relieve TMJ strain and help you smile without worry again.
Occlusal splints are another effective form of TMJ treatment. They are personalized oral appliances that that are designed to hold the upper and lower jaw in a more relaxed position, which relieves chronic facial discomfort in turn. The diligent use of an occlusal splint should, in most cases, create permanent improvements for patients in need and restore the jaw’s ability to naturally function without trouble.
MPD Diagnosis and Treatment
Similar to TMD, myofascial pain disorder (MPD) occurs when muscles related to the TMJ become unbalanced and injured. As a result, some symptoms may not manifest as jaw pain but as neck pain, shoulder pain, or headaches. However, unlike TMD, MPD syndrome is a stress-induced condition originating in the muscle tissue and not the TMJ itself. As a result, if we find that MPD is the real cause of the problem, we can focus therapy on reducing stress, relaxing tense jaw muscles, and creating awareness.