Dentist in Ware Shoals, SC describes TMD
Dr. Christopher T. Griffin DMD can assist with TMD. Also known as temporomandibular joint disorder, this condition is caused by a problem with the jaw joint (TMJ). This neuromuscular disorder can affect the head, face, mouth, and even the shoulders. Patients in Ware Shoals, SC or the surrounding area who are dealing with symptoms such as the following should speak to their physician or dentist:
- Chronic headaches upon waking
- Tightening and pain in the jaw or mouth
- Unnecessary wear on the natural teeth
- Clenching or grinding
- Snapping or cracking sounds when opening and closing the mouth
- Locking of the jaw
- Sore muscles in the face
- Pain in the neck and shoulders
TMD can be mild or severe. In some cases, it can be debilitating. However, many individuals do not realize that a proper diagnosis can be done by someone who is trained to recognize the symptoms. Dentists can often see the physical signs of TMD/TMJ before a physician, and can work with their patients to achieve a proper diagnosis and work on an appropriate treatment plan.
TMD is typically caused by the joints being out of alignment. Patients may be able to address the condition with a variety of methods, including orthodontics for permanent realignment of the bite, bite correction with oral appliances, and even manual and electrical massage. This can assist in reducing pain and discomfort.
Dr. Christopher T. Griffin, can provide effective diagnosis and treatment of TMD. He can work with physicians to ensure patients are undergoing the best methods of treatment for their needs and ensure patients are able to improve their quality of life after diagnosis.
Patients in the area of Ware Shoals, SC who believe they may be suffering from TMD can contact Dr. Christopher T. Griffin today to schedule a consultation appointment and speak with the doctor about the concerns they have.
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