TMJ Treatment Durham, NC

At Oak Grove Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide a wide range of restorative dentistry options including treatment plans for TMJ disorders. The symptoms of TMJ disorders are not only painful but also may distract you from your everyday life. To help patients relieve their TMJ symptoms, we provide personalized treatment plans to address the underlying dental concerns that may be affecting your jaw health.

Dr. Erika Graham is your local restorative dentist in Durham, NC. She works with patients to determine which treatment plan will best meet their needs. Learn more about our available TMJ treatment options below.

TMJ Treatment in Durham, NC

TMJ Treatment in Durham, NC

Chronic jaw pain, tension headaches, earaches, and facial pain are all symptoms of TMJ disorders. If you suffer from any of these symptoms outside of the dentist’s office, make sure to mention this during your upcoming dentist appointment.

TMJ disorders occur when the temporomandibular joint of your jawbone becomes inflamed or injured. Often, TMJ disorders affect patients who have crooked teeth or have a history of teeth grinding. However, any additional pressure or tension held in your jawbone or dental structures may lead to a TMJ disorder.

The underlying cause of your TMJ disorder will determine which TMJ treatment plan is right for you.

Potential treatment options for TMJ disorders include:

  • Oral Appliance Therapy – Utilizing a custom night guard to hold your jawbone in a healthy resting position as you sleep, oral appliance therapy can be used to help patients with mild to moderate TMJ disorders.
  • Bite Correction – Our office may recommend orthodontic work for patients suffering from a misaligned bite pattern. By correcting your bite pattern, you can relieve pressure on your dental structures and reduce your risk of developing TMJ symptoms.
  • Tooth replacement – Missing teeth can also lead to an increased amount of tension on your jawbone. If a missing tooth is found to be the cause of your TMJ disorder, our office offers tooth replacement options like dental bridges and dental implants to replace your missing tooth and better support your jawbone during everyday activities like chewing or speaking.

Dr. Graham will evaluate your teeth, gums, and jawbone to find the underlying cause of your jawbone. Then, she will recommend the best treatment option for you and your TMJ disorder. The goal of TMJ treatment plans is to reduce the amount of symptoms you are experiencing and how often you experience them.

To manage jaw pain on a day-to-day basis, we recommend taking regular breaks throughout the day to stretch your jaw around and relax your facial muscles.

By being mindful of how much tension you are holding in your jaw, you can prevent symptom flare-ups from occurring. We also recommend patients leaving themselves reminders around their workspace or setting reminders on their phones to relax their jawbone throughout the day.

If you suffer from TMJ symptoms, please schedule an appointment with our office. Our experienced restorative dentist will help you address your symptoms and treat the underlying cause of them. We look forward to seeing you in our Durham, NC dentist office very soon.