Have you been experiencing headaches in the morning or jaw pain?
Many patients live with the symptoms of TMD disorder but don’t realize they have a condition that can be easily treated under the care of an experienced dentist. TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, which connects the lower jaw to the skull. The temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge and sliding mechanism, which allows you to comfortably move your jaw when speaking, chewing, or laughing. When patients experience pain or hear a clicking sound when moving the jaw, they may be have developed TMD disorder. TMD disorder may be the result of an imbalanced bite, which can lead to further complications in the future if not properly treated.
Restorative dentists Dr. Clement Monroe and Dr. Karmon Monroe have extensive training and experience identifying signs of TMD and other bite disorders. At Drs. Monroe & Monroe in Pinehurst, NC, we work closely with each patient to provide comprehensive treatment to relieve the symptoms of TMD and restore function back to your smile.
Signs of TMD Disorder
The symptoms of TMD varies from patient to patient. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at our Pinehurst, NC dentist office. We offer comprehensive exams to properly check the teeth, gums, and jaw structure for any signs of dysfunction. If you have any question or concerns regarding your oral health, we encourage patients to disclose them during their visit.
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Stiffness in the jaw
- Neck and/or shoulder pain
- Limited mobility in the jaw
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
With an early diagnosis, patients may avoid further complications and prevent tooth and jaw damage. At Drs. Monroe and Monroe, our goal is to effectively treat existing conditions and prevent the development of complex dental problems.
Treating Bite Disorders in Pinehurst, NC
Drs. Monroe takes the time to plan an effective treatment depending on your dental needs. We perform a comprehensive exam to thoroughly examine your entire occlusal system to identify any dental issues, including TMD and other bite disorders. Once we have identified the dental issue, we are able to provide a specific and personalized treatment plan to restore health and function back into your smile.
We may suggest one or more of these treatments to alleviate symptoms of TMD;
- Occlusal equilibration, making changes to the fit of the bite by reshaping and/or removing tooth structure
- Splint therapy
- TMJ mouthguard
Drs. Monore and Monroe address any underlying symptoms associated with TMD to help patients achieve a healthy smile. Don’t wait until your symptoms are unmanageable before you get the treatment you need.
Schedule A Visit
If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMD disorder, schedule an appointment with Dr. Clement or Dr. Kamron Monroe in our Pinehurst dentist office. We offer a full range of services including family and cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, TMJ treatment and oral conscious dental sedation.