TMJ TreatmentAn Overview
Do you suffer from frequent headaches, neck or jaw pain, or an uncomfortable bite?
These can be the symptoms of a bite disorder or occlusal disease. Commonly referred to as TMJ, bite disorders can impact your dental health and your daily quality of life if left untreated. Graduates of the Dawson Academy, Charleston dentists Dr. James Dickert and Dr. Agatha Lynn have advanced training in the comprehensive diagnosis of occlusal disease and can help you restore your oral health with TMJ therapy.
Common Symptoms of TMJ
A bite disorder can have a range of symptoms, including:
- Headaches or migraines, especially in the morning
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Jaw pain or discomfort
- Difficulty chewing or speaking
- Clicking or popping in the jaw joint
- Teeth clenching or grinding
Teeth Grinding and TMJ
Another common sign of a bite problem is teeth grinding. Many patients do not realize they are grinding their teeth, but worn teeth or cracked teeth are common signs that this is occurring. If you notice that your teeth appear flat or worn on the biting surface, or feel sore in the morning, you are probably grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw while you are sleeping.
Although teeth grinding or jaw clenching can be a response to stress, a dysfunctional bite often leads to this habit because of the tension it creates in the jaw. When the teeth do not make proper contact, the jaw is unable to relax into its natural position. Many patients with an uneven bite will grind and clench their teeth without realizing it, ultimately wearing down and damaging them in the process.
Schedule A Consultation
To learn more about our personalized care and treatment for TMJ, contact our Charleston dentist office to schedule an appointment. We serve patients from Charleston and many local areas in a warm, caring environment. Contact us at (843) 371-5480 or request an appointment online.