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TMJ Treatment Charlotte, NC

TMJ Treatment An Overview

Jaw pain, discomfort when chewing, worn teeth and frequent headaches are a few of the common symptoms of a temporomandibular disorder or TMD. Commonly called TMJ, a temporomandibular disorder can be the result of a range of factors affecting the function of the bite.

A Dawson Academy trained dentist, Dr. Durning Moore can offer patients experienced diagnostic care for the treatment of a TMD and TMJ disorder. We take a comprehensive approach that includes an evaluation of jaw joint health and function.

Dr. Moore works with you to diagnose the underlying cause of your TMJ symptoms. This enables him to diagnose and treat bite disorders with personalized and effective restorative dental care in a timely manner.

TMJ treatment in Charlotte, North Carolina
Teeth grinding and TMJ in Charlotte, NC

Many patients who have a bite disorder or TMD also grind their teeth. Bruxism can often be the result of a bite that does not allow the teeth to make proper contact, leading to increasing tension in the jaw joints. Common signs of teeth grinding can include:

  • Worn teeth, teeth that appear flat
  • Cracked teeth
  • Changes in the fit or comfort of the bite
  • Head, neck or ear pain, especially in the morning

Dr. Moore looks for the signs of teeth grinding and TMJ during routine dental visits with the goal of offering early intervention to help patients avoid complex problems and damage.

What causes TMJ?

A bite disorder or TMJ can be caused by a number of factors:

  • Trauma
  • Structural imbalance in the fit of the bite, jaw joints
  • Crooked teeth, malocclusion
  • Stress induced teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • Lifestyle habits

Treating TMJ can minimize or eliminate uncomfortable symptoms and stabilize your long term dental health. A bite that feels good, functions naturally and allows the teeth to make proper contact minimizes the risk for tooth damage, gum disease, and jaw joint tension.

TMJ Treatment What to Expect

After a thorough exam and discussion of your symptoms, concerns, and goals Dr. Moore will present a plan of treatment designed to restore a balanced bite and improved quality of life. Treatment for TMJ can vary from patient to patient, depending on the unique needs of the patient.

If there is tooth damage, your treatment will include restorative procedures to restore tooth structure.

Treating TMJ in Charlotte, NC

Dr. Moore will personalize your treatment to your needs, often incorporating general and restorative procedures. A TMJ treatment plan may include:

  • Mouthguard: the use of a custom mouthguard is one of the most effective means of treating teeth grinding and other bite problems. It may be the only treatment for mild cases or the foundation of treatment for more complex situations. A mouthguard is designed to allow the teeth to make proper contact and the jaw muscles to relax.
  • Restorative dentistry: if teeth are damaged or the biting surface needs adjustment, Dr. Moore may use a dental restoration or tooth bonding to address the problem.
  • Orthodontics: to realign the bite if there are crooked teeth or malocclusion, braces may be the solution. Dr. Moore offers Invisalign for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns.

Schedule A Dental Exam with our Dentists in Charlotte, NC

Dr. Durning Moore welcomes new patients and can provide the care you need to address the effects of a bite disorder. To schedule an appointment in our Charlotte, NC dental office contact us at (704) 761-7870 or request one online.

TMJ Treatment FAQs

Can sleeping on your stomach cause TMJ?

Sleeping on your stomach does not necessarily cause TMJ, but is a contributing factor to TMJ symptoms. It can make symptoms worse because of the pressure that the weight of your head can put on your jaw. Sleeping on your back is the best sleeping position for patients with TMJ disorders.

What is the best treatment for TMJ?

The best treatment for your TMJ issues will depend on how severe your symptoms are. A common non-invasive treatment among our patients is a custom mouthguard or night guard that helps align your jaw while you sleep.

What happens if TMJ is left untreated?

If TMJ is left untreated, it may get worse. Although there is no telling if this will happen since this issue can come and go, and can affect everyone differently. Some patients may need immediate treatment, while others might not even know that they are experiencing common symptoms. The best thing to do is get evaluated for TMJ by your dentist before deciding how to proceed.