Does your jaw click and pop when you eat hard or chewy foods? Are you suffering from headaches when you wake up in the morning? You may have a temporomandibular joint disorder. Dr. Adam Carraway treats TMJ disorders with restorative dental care in his Greer, SC office.
Temporomandibular joint disorders are caused by stress or damage to the temporomandibular joint, a joint that connects the skull to the jawbone. They can lead to painful symptoms that not only affect the teeth but also the jaw and facial structure. Treating TMJ disorders makes their tooth and jaw function normal and comfortable.
Common Signs of TMJ Disorders
TMJ disorders often result in these symptoms:
- Jaw pain
- Face, neck, and shoulder pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Jaw popping and clicking
- Tooth wear
- Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
- Chronic headaches and migraines
Contact our office if you have noticed any of these symptoms of TMJ disorders. We will evaluate your jaw, teeth, and gums as well as use x-rays to determine which areas require treatment.
How to Treat TMJ Disorders
Patients with mild jaw pain and headaches as a result of TMJ disorders may react well to gentle treatment. Jaw and facial exercises as well as therapeutic treatment for stress can reverse symptoms of TMJ. Eating soft foods to rest the jaw or using a heating pack on the jaw may help patients with mild TMJ symptoms.
For patients with more moderate forms of TMJ, Dr. Carraway recommends nightguards. Similar to mouthguards, nightguards are customized aligners that protect the teeth. Nightguards keep the teeth from grinding together and wearing down the enamel. They also help place the jaw in a more comfortable position to combat jaw pain. By wearing a nightguard to sleep, patients can stop the headaches, jaw pain, and tooth wear caused by TMJ disorders.
Call Our Greer Office Today
Do you think you may have a TMJ disorder? Treat your jaw, tooth, and facial pain today at Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Contact Dr. Carraway for a consultation at 864.383.9711. You may also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Carraway on our website.