At Orangeburg Dental Associates in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Dr. Lambrecht and Dr. West are happy to provide TMJ/TMD treatment for our patients experiencing problems with their bite and jaw health.
TMJ is the joint which connects your jaw to your skull is known as the temporomandibular joint. If it is somehow injured, it can cause pain known as TMJ syndrome. TMJ can be caused by chewing gum excessively and poor posture, stress, misalignment of the jaw, teeth grinding by day or night, tooth injury or injury to the jaw. The result of TMJ on your healthy can include pain the joints of the jaw, clicking and popping of the jaw, pain in the ears, ear popping, dizziness or vertigo, headaches or migraines, sore or even stiff jaw muscles, pain in your temple, and possibly the locking of your jaw.
What can you do for TMJ/TMD relief? You can place ice packs on the joint, use over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine which are nonsteroidal, reduce your stress, implement massage and stretches, avoid chewing gum and stick to soft foods until your jaws heal.
Depending on the cause and severity of your TMJ, we may also recommend the following:
— A mouthguard or nightguard to alleviate teeth grinding, or bruxism.
— Physical therapy which includes exercises for the jaw.
— Jaw surgery.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lambrecht or Dr. West in Orangeburg, South Carolina, please call our team at Orangeburg Dental Associates at 803-534-1020 today. We look forward to helping provide TMJ/TMD pain relief for your jaw and bite. Our goal is to help you bring back your healthy smile!