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Carolina Center for Restorative Dentistry
Dr. Mayur Patel

What is temporomandibular joint disorder?

The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are hinge-like structures that connect your lower jaw to the skull. When functioning correctly, these joints allow for easy speaking and yawning. However, when the joint has issues, there can be many consequences, including:

  • Migraines
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Joint clicking or locking

If your TMJ is linked to bruxism (teeth clenching at night), you are also at risk for worn teeth, cavities, tooth fractures, root infections, and increased jaw joint muscles in the lower face.

Untreated TMJ can significantly impact life quality, which is why evaluation and treatment are crucial.

Fortunately, your dentist or prosthodontist in Mt. Pleasant, SC, can diagnose the condition and may be able to provide treatment. Treatment may include specific exercises or jaw joint therapy with a custom oral appliance called a nightguard.

Our nightguard prevents nocturnal grinding and clenching and can help re-establish proper jaw joint function.

For TMJ Treatment in Mt. Pleasant, SC, Contact Us

If you notice signs of TMJ or bruxism—for example, waking up with sore jaw joints—it’s crucial to reach out to your Mt. Pleasant, SC, dentist for an evaluation.

If you have questions about TMJ or bruxism or are ready to arrange an appointment, give us a call today.

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