Do you suffer from chronic headaches? You may have a TMJ disorder. Temporomandibular joint disorders cause pain in the jaw joint and muscles. Dr. Greg Reece treats TMJ in his Charlotte, NC office and will be happy to answer any questions about treatment or TMJ disorders. Learn more about the causes and signs of these disorders as well as their treatment below:
What Causes TMJ?
The cause of TMJ disorders vary from case to case, but some common causes include:
- Teeth grinding
- Teeth clenching
- Jaw misalignment
- Poor posture
- Teeth or jaw injury
TMJ disorders can manifest in multiple ways, varying from person to person. If you have any of these conditions, you may be more likely to develop a temporomandibular joint disorder than other patients.
Signs of TMJ
There are also several signs to look out for when it comes to TMJ disorders:
- Jaw pain
- Stiffness in jaw muscles
- Jaw locking
- Pain in the temple area
- Facial pain
If you notice any of these signs, it may be a TMJ disorder. Call Dentistry of the Queen City for comfortable and comprehensive dental treatment.
TMJ disorders can be treated with oral appliances. Before treatment, Dr. Reece will review your options with you and assess your teeth and gums to ensure that the chosen option aligns with your budget and goals.
Oral appliances are custom-made mouth guards that keep teeth from grinding together. They can be worn at night to keep teeth protected from further wear and tear.
If you have excessive tooth damage or wear and tear from grinding your teeth as a result of a TMJ disorder, Dr. Reece may recommend cosmetic treatment. Tooth bonding or dental crowns can be used to repair damage and improve the aesthetics of your smile.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you have noticed that you suffer from chronic headaches or any other common symptoms of TMJ disorders call Dentistry of the Queen City at 704.486.8911. Dr. Reece and his team will be happy to help you receive high-quality treatment. They will collaborate with you to find a solution that works.