What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorders, also known as TMJ, are conditions that are typically characterized by pain in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to the skull and problems can occur when the jawbone causes pain to a patient.

TMJ Disorders Florence, SC

What Causes TMJ?

TMJ pain could be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Genetics
  • Jaw injury
  • Arthritis
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ

There are multiple signs of TMJ disorders to look out for, including:

  • Jaw pain
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Lockjaw
  • Earaches
  • Misaligned discs
  • Connective tissue diseases

TMJ Treatment

There are several treatment options that can help alleviate the painful symptoms of TMJ disorders. They include:

Lifestyle Changes

When TMJ symptoms are mild, at-home options may help alleviate TMJ pain. Some of these solutions include:

  • Jaw exercises
  • Relaxing your facial muscles
  • Sleeping on your side
  • Using an ice pack in a clean cloth
  • Using a heat pack
  • Eating soft foods to help your jaw rest

However, if your TMJ pain is severe and frequent, you can call Palmetto Smiles at (843) 203-5155. Our professional team will make sure that you can get effective treatment, whether you receive it in our office or from a recommended specialist.

Six Month Smiles

If you have misaligned or crooked teeth and suffer from TMJ pain, Six Month Smiles may help. This method straightens teeth and gives patients a more balanced bite. You will have your braces put on from the comfort of our Florence, SC dentist office. Braces take about 1 hour to attach and you will be able to resume your daily routine after treatment. After about 6 months you will have your braces removed and a beautiful, straight new smile will be revealed.

Oral Appliances

Oral appliances act like mouth guards, covering and protecting teeth to prevent further wear and tear. This treatment can be worn overnight or during anxiety-inducing situations. Oral appliances take the pressure off of the jaw and prevent teeth from clenching and grinding.

For severely damaged teeth, our professionals also offer dental crowns, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and more to restore the form and function of the patient’s teeth and gums.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Call Palmetto Smiles for comfortable and comprehensive care at (843) 203-5155. You can also schedule an appointment online here.