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TMJ Treatment

Get Relief From Jaw Pain

TMJ Treatment

Get Relief From Jaw Pain

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be found on both sides of the face and connects the jaw to the skull. You can feel this joint when you place two fingers in front of your ears and open and close your mouth. It acts like a hinge and is important for everyday movements and functions, such as eating, speaking, swallowing, and breathing.

A TMJ disorder occurs when this joint is not functioning the way it should. Any dysfunction of this joint should be evaluated by a professional, like the specialists at Carolinas Center for TMJ Treatment & Facial Pain.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Common signs of a TMJ disorder include:

  • Sounds like popping, grating, or clicking when opening or closing the mouth
  • Facial pain around the joint and muscles responsible for jaw movement
  • Increased headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty opening the mouth
  • “Locking” of jaw joint
  • Hearing loss, earache, or ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty biting into or chewing foods

Conditions that can cause a TMJ disorder include injury, arthritis, clenching or grinding teeth, jaw misalignment, displaced or perforated disk in the joint, and congenital defect. However, a TMJ disorder may have an unknown cause.

Thankfully, many temporomandibular joint disorders can be successfully treated with nonsurgical measures, such as mouth guards to prevent grinding or clenching, steroid shots, heat and ice packs, prescribed muscle relaxants, and relaxation techniques. Mild cases may go away on their own; however, ongoing or severe jaw pain may require surgical treatment, especially when conservative treatments fail to provide relief.

The doctors at Carolinas Center for TMJ Treatment & Facial Pain have TMJ specialists who can diagnose and treat your TMJ pain. As specialists with decades of experience in TMJ therapy, the experts at Carolinas Center for TMJ Treatment & Facial Pain will customize a treatment plan right for you. A comprehensive oral exam, medical history review, X-rays, CT scans, and 3D imaging are common first steps to determining the cause, severity, and treatment for a TMJ disorder.

Types of Anesthesia

There are three main choices for anesthesia:

Carolinas Center for TMJ Treatment & Facial Pain provides first-class care to improve health and well-being while maximizing the patient experience. Every office is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and outfitted with state-of-the-art digital imaging technology and surgical equipment to enhance our scope of practice. The high level of care we provide ensures every patient feels confident in their treatment while they receive safe and predictable results.

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Learn more about TMJ disorders, schedule an appointment, and more. Contact Carolinas Center for TMJ Treatment & Facial Pain today.