Alleviate TMJ Pain in Greenville, SC – Satisfaction Guaranteed
Dr. Barton Aiken provides relief from TMJ dysfunction and has established a highly effective protocol for his patients. Knowing the way your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) works and how its necessary mobility can become limited by a number of factors is important when trying to understand how treatment can correct TMJ disorders (TMD).
The temporomandibular joint is a hinge-like structure that connects your skull to your jawbone. It gives your jaw the required flexibility needed for talking, chewing, and swallowing. Because of its intricacy, any disturbance of this joint can cause it to stop working correctly, causing localized pain in the joint itself, generalized pain in the neck or shoulder, and headaches. This is due to muscle spasms that can be triggered by a number of causes included below:
- Injury or dislocation
- A health condition such as osteoarthritis
- Stress-related habits like grinding teeth or jaw-clenching
- Improper jaw alignment
Dental Splint Therapy for TMJ Pain and Stiffness
People who suffer from bruxism (the clenching of their jaw or grinding of their teeth) in response to stress are often unaware that they’re doing it, simply because it happens while they are asleep. Many only become aware of it when TMJ pain or other symptoms arise. The pressure from bruxism can be so intense that it causes the jaw to become off balance.
When you visit our Greenville, SC office for TMJ relief, Dr. Aiken will examine your jaw, teeth and occlusion (the way your upper and lower teeth meet). Images will also be taken to check for structural damage and other factors that can contribute to jaw misalignment and TMD.
In most cases of TMD, a dental impression will be obtained by our dentist to fabricate a custom splint. This approach has brought the most success for our patients and can bring relief quickly while reprogramming your jaw alignment and allowing the surrounding muscles to relax.
The splint is designed to correct improper jaw alignment. It works over time to realign both the patient’s jaw and resulting biting surfaces. By reducing the workload of the joint and allowing the jaw to move freely, the surrounding muscles have a chance to relax and take pressure off the temporomandibular joint. This relaxation and time give the joint room to move back into the proper position.
Dr. Aiken makes a point to monitor his TMJ patients closely. Relieving symptoms and getting you back on track to enjoying life without chronic pain and a reduced ability to speak or eat comfortably is his primary goal. At Dedicated Dentistry, we treat mild to complex cases of TMD and welcome your inquiries.
If you believe you may have TMJ or have other oral health concerns, please contact Dedicated Dentistry at (864) 235-3333 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
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