Do you suffer from frequent jaw or tooth pain? Do you wake up almost every morning with a sore jaw and headache? You may have a temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ or TMD. TMJ disorders can cause pain to the jaw joint and the muscles that control the jaw because the temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to the skull. We offer TMJ treatment in Charlotte, NC to patients with jaw and facial pain, as well as the telltale signs of TMJ.
Common Symptoms of TMJ
There are many common symptoms of TMJ to look out for when it comes to diagnosing this disruptive disorder. Multiple signs of TMJ include:
- Jaw pain
- Jaw tenderness
- Aching facial pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Jaw clicking or locking
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Teeth grinding
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, call Dentistry of the Queen City today. Dr. Greg Reece in Charlotte, NC provides effective TMJ treatment with orthodontics and oral appliances for all ages.
Treatment Options for TMJ
There are several restorative options that can help alleviate symptoms of TMJ disorders. They can include:
When symptoms are mild, there are several at-home options you can try to help alleviate TMJ pain without having to seek medical help. Some of these solutions include:
- Jaw exercises
- Relaxing your facial muscles
- Eating soft foods to help your jaw rest
- Sleeping on your side
- Using an ice pack in a clean cloth
- Using a heat pack
However, if your pain is severe and frequent, you can call us at Dentistry of the Queen City for an appointment with Dr. Reece. He will give you a full diagnosis, and recommend the appropriate treatment that you need. In most cases, oral surgery can be avoided. However, we may recommend a local oral surgeon in rare and severe cases.
If you have misaligned teeth and have found that you suffer from TMJ pain, Invisalign may help. Misaligned teeth contribute to an uneven bite and unbalanced jawbone connection. This exacerbates TMJ pain. Invisalign can straighten teeth gradually with a series of clear aligners to correct misaligned teeth and offer a more balanced bite, and reduce or eliminate TMJ pain. However, this option is not good for patients who clench and grind their teeth as a result of TMJ. Invisalign cannot stop bruxism.
Similar to mouthguards, oral appliances cover and protect teeth from grinding, preventing further wear and tear. Oral appliances can be worn overnight or during stressful situations. The pressure is taken off of the jaw and teeth clenching and grinding are prevented with these special devices. Many patients who elect to use oral appliances say that their symptoms are drastically reduced within a couple of days.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Do you have frequent jaw or facial pain? You may have a TMJ disorder. Call Dentistry of the Queen City at 704.486.8911 or request a consultation on our website. Dr. Reece will work with you to find a solution that works best for you.