Dentist in Abbeville discuses the process of diagnosing and treating TMJ and TMD
Patients who are dealing with chronic areas of pain and discomfort such as the neck, jaw, and shoulders, and those who have severe headaches, may be dealing with a condition known as TMJ or TMD. TMJ is the temporomandibular joint. This joint is used for opening and closing the jaw for eating and speaking. When it becomes problematic, it can result in areas of pain. When this occurs, patients may be dealing with TMD, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder. Patients in the Abbeville area who are interested in diagnosing and treating TMD are encouraged to contact Dr. Christopher T. Griffin.
Dr. Griffin understands the dynamics of this joint and the neuromuscular development around it. He has dealt with the problem for many of his patients and can diagnose it quickly and easily. Often, clenching and grinding (sometimes known as bruxism) can be easily diagnosed with a physical examination of the teeth. Bruxism can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the natural tooth enamel, and can result in the damage in the smile. Patients who wake up with headaches in the morning and sore jaws may be diagnosed with bruxism, which is often closely related to TMJ/TMD issues.
Treatments for TMD vary, but many patients find success in using oral appliance therapy. This method of treatment is also known as “bite guard” therapy or “splints.” These are used to help protect the natural teeth and realign the jaw to avoid bruxism. Other treatment options may include:
- Massage therapy
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic visits
Dr. Griffin works with patients in the Abbeville area for diagnostic and treatment purposes. He understands that addressing TMD can improve one’s oral health as well as their overall quality of life. Using tried-and-true techniques for reducing bruxism and improving the comfort of patients with TMJ and TMD, Dr. Christopher T. Griffin, DMD is proud to improve one’s lifestyle.
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