Finding a TMJ dentist near me to offer dental services and treatment in Greenwood, SC community
Dr. Christopher T. Griffin notices patients who come in with pain and discomfort around their jaw. Whether a patient experiences chronic jaw joint pain or even locking of their jaw in the open or closed position, they may need to be evaluated to determine if they are dealing with conditions such as TMJ/TMD.
What is TMJ/TMD?
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the joint that hinges the jaw so it can open and close for speaking and eating. However, some patients experience a malfunction of this joint. Malfunction of the TMJ can result in continued and chronic pain of the muscles and jaw joints. This can impact a patient’s quality of life and interfere with their day to day activities.
What are the symptoms of TMJ malfunction?
The most commonly noted signs that TMD is present include:
- Locking of the jaw, open or closed
- Cracking, popping, and clicking when opening and closing the jaw
- Poor bite alignment
- Unwanted wear and tear of the natural teeth
- Broken dental restorations
- Pain that radiates from the jaw through the head, neck, and shoulders
When patients get a proper diagnosis of TMJ or TMD, they are encouraged to speak to a dental professional about a non-invasive solution that can reduce the symptoms called oral appliance therapy.
Using oral appliance therapy for the treatment of TMJ/TMD concerns
Wearing an oral appliance can significantly reduce symptoms of TMJ/TMD. Patients will often wear the device at night while they sleep. It is custom made to fit the patient’s mouth and ensure it is comfortable and effective. The device is used to keep the jaw properly aligned, reducing tension in the muscles surrounding the jaw joint. Additionally, it can protect the teeth from clenching and grinding, which can damage the natural tooth structure and dental restorations.
Are you in need of treatment for TMJ/TMD?
Contact Dr. Christopher T. Griffin at (864) 229-2610 to request a consultation visit and speak with our team about your needs. We accept new and current patients in the area of Greenwood, SC seeking solutions for common dental issues, including temporomandibular joint problems. We are located at 150 West Cambridge Avenue and provide general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.