Greenwood, SC dentist offers TMJ pain relief and treatment at an affordable cost
Patients who have been diagnosed with a condition known as TMJ or TMD may be confused as to what they can expect when it comes to treatment. The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint which joins the upper and lower jaw together. It is the joint that allows a patient to open and close their mouths to eat and speak. In some patients, this joint and the surrounding muscles can become dysfunctional and result in problems such as locking and popping. This can become extremely problematic, but pain relief can be found with effective treatment. Cost-effective solutions, such as oral appliances, are a popular choice for many of our patients.
What are the symptoms of TMJ/TMD?
Patients experiencing the following symptoms may be dealing with a chronic condition:
- Pain and discomfort around the jaw joint and surrounding muscles
- Difficulty opening or closing the jaw (lockjaw)
- Discomfort when eating and speaking
- Popping and cracking sounds when opening and closing the jaw
- Ear pain
- Chronic pain from the shoulders up through the ears
- Pain around the facial muscles upon awakening
- Coexisting conditions such as bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding)
What treatment options are available?
The treatment chosen for a particular patient will vary greatly depending on several different factors. Some patients may have mild discomfort that may be improved with the use of anti-inflammatory pain medications available over the counter. Facial massage can also be used to ease tension in tight, sore joints. Some patients may also be a good fit for nightguards, which are specialized mouth guards that maintain the alignment of the jaw to reduce the discomfort that may appear overnight. This appliance may also be helpful for patients who struggle with other conditions such as bruxism. Additionally, some patients may benefit from orthodontic treatment, which can properly align the bite. Speaking with a dentist is the best way to determine the most appropriate treatment options.
Have you been diagnosed with TMJ/TMD?
At the practice of Dr. Christopher T. Griffin, patients in the Greenwood, SC community can obtain quality care for conditions such as TMJ or TMD. The practice, located at 150 West Cambridge Avenue, is always welcoming new patients and families interested in quality care. Our facility can be reached at (864) 229-2610 to request an appointment with our front office team.