Do you wake up with jaw or tooth pain? You may have a temporomandibular joint disorder. This disorder is often caused by damage to the temporomandibular joint, stress, and misaligned teeth. The temporomandibular joint which connects the jawbone to the skull can cause pain to the jaw and muscles in the face if it is damaged.
Dr. Shannon French provides TMJ treatment in Bladenboro, NC. She works with her patients to find the best methods of treatment to alleviate pain and restore the function of the bite. Contact Bladenboro Family and Cosmetic Dentistry if you have noticed tooth, jaw, or facial pain. Dr. French and her team will be glad to help you get the restorative dental treatment you need.
Signs of TMJ Disorders
TMJ disorders manifest in multiple ways:
- Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
- Jaw and tooth pain
- Worn tooth enamel
- Difficulty chewing
- Restricted jaw mobility
- Jaw clicking or popping
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Neck and shoulder pain
Contact our office if you have any combination of these symptoms. We can examine your jaw joints and teeth to determine if you have a mild, moderate, or severe form of TMJ.
Treating TMJ Disorders
Our professional dental team helps patients address tooth and jaw pain with exercises and custom nightguards. Patients with mild symptoms of TMJ can do jaw exercises to help reduce stress and pressure on the jaw joint. For patients with bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding, oral appliances are a great choice. Oral appliances, or nightguards, are similar to sports mouthguards but are made of a different plastic. To create these appliances, we take digital impressions of the teeth. After they are complete, nightguards cover the teeth and protect them from wear and tear. Wearing this custom mouthguard at night can also treat symptoms including chronic headaches, facial pain, and tooth damage.
Contact Our Office for Treatment
Have you noticed pressure in your jaw joints or suffer from frequent tooth or facial pain? Call our dental office for TMJ treatment today at 910-469-4592. Request a dental appointment with Dr. French and her experienced dental team on our website.