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TMJ Therapy in Davidson, North Carolina

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder (referred to as TMJ or TMD) can make many of the daily functions and daily pleasures of life chronically less accessible. If you are experiencing TMJ symptoms, Dastrup Dental provides relief in Davidson, North Carolina, with customized treatment options.

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What is temporomandibular joint disorder?

TMJ is a disorder that affects the temporomandibular joint where the jaw bone meets the cheekbone. TMJ may be caused by teeth grinding, injury, or other factors that result in strain in the joints and muscles that control chewing and swallowing. This disorder can cause severe pain and other symptoms that decrease the quality of everyday life. 

People who suffer from TMJ experience various symptoms as the muscles, bones, or nerves become misaligned or stressed. 

Symptoms of TMJ include: 

  • Jaw discomfort
  • Headaches
  • Neck, back, or shoulder pain
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Clicking jaw
  • Earaches
  • Teeth grinding
  • Limited mouth movements

If you are experiencing these symptoms or believe you are suffering from TMD, visit Dastrup Dental today for a thorough diagnosis.

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Treatment options for TMJ at Dastrup Dental

At Dastrup Dental, we believe it is essential to address the root cause of any issues associated with oral health. We’ll start by diagnosing the problem and identifying a cause or causes. Next, we’ll stabilize the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), giving it the support that it needs to properly heal.

Common treatment options for TMJ:

  • Relaxing the temporomandibular joint
  • Stress management
  • Mouthguard to reduce teeth grinding
  • Posture adjustments
  • Surgery
  • Pain relievers

TMJ FAQs

Common causes of TMJ include abnormalities in the positioning of the upper and lower teeth when the jaw is closed, teeth clenching caused by stress, jaw injury, and arthritis.

You can do many things to find relief for TMD until you visit Dr. Dastrup at Dastrup Dental. Try eating soft foods and avoiding foods that require a lot of chewing. Also, try not to open your mouth too wide and alternate sides of your mouth when chewing. Dr. Dastrup will also offer other stretching and massage techniques that will help relieve symptoms when you visit.

For many people, TMD symptoms only last for a few weeks or until the injury has been healed. However, some causes of TMD lead to a chronic condition with ongoing episodes of pain that occur for months or years.

Chronic TMD can damage tendons, muscles, and cartilage and lead to arthritis or other severe issues in the face and jaw. Just like other joints in your body (such as your knee) continual breakdown of your temporomandibular joint means that there is damage being done to the bones, cartilage, and muscles of the joint.

Visit Dastrup Dental for TMJ Treatment

At Dastrup Dental, we find the root cause for each patient’s TMJ and provide customized treatment options for the best patient outcome. If you believe you are suffering from symptoms of TMJ, schedule an appointment at Dastrup Dental in Davidson, North Carolina, today.

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