The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jawbone to the skull. When pain develops around this joint, it can be the result of a TMJ disorder. If left untreated, TMJ disorders can cause serious damage to the jaw joint, teeth, and surrounding tissues. Relaxation techniques that reduce tension in the jaw muscles and exercise the jaw and neck area can help treat these problems.
However, if TMJ pain persists, oral appliance therapy can be used to avoid developing more complex problems or permanent damage. Dr. Greg Reece and his professional team provide comfortable care in their Charlotte, NC office. They ensure that treatment runs smoothly and patients feel relaxed in-office.
Common Signs of TMJ
Do you think you may have a temporomandibular joint disorder? There are multiple signs of TMJ to be aware of:
- Chronic migraines
- Jaw pain
- Neck pain
- Tooth wear
- Grinding and clenching teeth
- Popping or clicking of the jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Shoulder and back pain
Have you noticed, or are you experiencing the above symptoms? Dr. Reece and his staff are dedicated to solving common and complex dental problems such as temporomandibular joint disorders. They aim to find and treat oral health issues at the source.
Dr. Reece utilizes oral appliances to stop pain caused by TMJ disorders. An oral appliance acts as a mouthguard worn during sleep or in situations where patients feel anxious or tense. Dental impressions are taken of the patient’s teeth to create a custom oral appliance that conforms comfortably to the mouth. Oral appliances prevent teeth from grinding together and protect them from further wear and tear. If teeth are severely damaged from repeated clenching and grinding, our dentists may suggest a dental crown or another restorative solution repair the damage.
Call Dentistry of the Queen City at (704) 486-8911 for comprehensive dental solutions. You can also request an appointment with us on our website. Do you have any questions about treatment or specific oral health concerns? Our friendly staff will be happy to answer them.