Jaw Therapy (TMJ)

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Jaw Therapy for Temporomandibular Disfunction

Millions of American adults suffer from chronic headaches, migranes, and jaw pain. The source of these aches and pains may be related to one or both of the temporomandibular joints or muscles associated with chewing. Located on each side of the head, these joints work together, with a complex system of head and neck muscles, ligaments, discs and bones, to make different movements for chewing and speaking.

Common symptoms associated with Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD):

  • Headaches, neck pain or back pain

  • Earaches, congestion or ringing in the ears

  • Clicking, popping or grating sounds when opening and closing the mouth

  • Tired jaw or pain when chewing

  • Locking of the jaw when attempting to open the mouth

  • Limited jaw opening

  • Dizziness and fainting

  • Difficulty in swallowing

  • Facial pain or pain behind the eyes

  • Numbness in the hands

  • Swelling on the side of the face

At Dental Wellness of Charlotte, we offer jaw therapy to help treat jaw related discomforts and relieve common symptoms associated with TMD.

Jaw Therapy Teledentistry Solutions

Think you might be suffering from TMD? We can perform your initial consultation through our secure teledentistry portal. Meet Dr. Shirman from the convenience of your own home or office.

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Jaw Treatment Options

If necessary for your condition, the following treatments may be advised:

  • Life style modifications

  • Lower splint to wear during the daytime on lower teeth to stop the clicking and reduce the painful symptoms

  • Upper split to wear at night to try and prevent clenching and grinding

  • Adjust your dental bite to remove interferences when teeth bite together

  • Laser treatments which resemble a warm light that help eliminate sore muscles and painful trigger points (knotted muscles) as well as reduce inflammation

  • Surgical correction of the jaw joint