Do you often wake up with migraines? Does your jaw click when you eat hard foods?
You may have TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, often caused by an injury to the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. Stress, injury, misaligned teeth, and damage to the TMJ joint. Seaside Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offer TMJ treatment to patients in Hampstead, NC. Lead dentist Dr. Michael Weis works with patients to create custom restorative dental treatments to meet their specific needs.
Signs of TMJ Disorders
Look out for these common symptoms of TMD:
- Jaw pain
- Muscle spasms
- Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
- Neck pain
- Chronic headaches
- Ear pain
- Worn teeth
- Jaw popping or clicking
Contact our office if you have noticed any of these signs of TMJ disorders. We can evaluate your bite and help you find the best treatment option for your symptoms.
How to Treat TMJ
There are multiple methods of treatment for TMJ disorders:
- Exercises: Jaw and mouth exercises are helpful for patients with mild forms of TMJ. If your TMJ is caused by stress, you may unconsciously clench your teeth or jaw. Relaxing the jaw and doing exercises can help patients who do not have moderate or severe forms of TMJ.
- Nightguards: A custom mouthguard is a good short-term solution for patients with bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding. Bruxism can cause headaches, tooth pain, jaw pain, and tooth damage. Wearing a mouthguard at night, when many patients suffer from bruxism, helps protect the teeth from wearing down. It also places the teeth and jaw in a more comfortable and stable bite position.
- Orthodontics: Some patients have crooked or misaligned teeth that cause TMJ disorders. We may recommend orthodontics like Invisalign to realign the bite. However, patients with bruxism do not benefit from this treatment as it can damage the plastic Invisalign aligners.
Schedule a Dental Appointment Today
Do you have regular jaw or facial pain? You may have a TMJ disorder. Contact our office at 910-335-4392 or request a consultation with Dr. Weis and his dental team online. We see patients from Wilmington, Hampstead, and the surrounding areas.