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TMJ / TMD Therapy – Mount Pleasant

Relief From Chronic Jaw Pain & Headaches

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Does your jaw pop and click every time you move it? Has it even become stuck while trying to open or close? Do you experience headaches or migraines all the time and don’t know why? These kinds of issues and more can all stem from the same thing: a TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the set of hinges that enables your lower jaw to move, and it can sometimes develop strain and inflammation that causes a wide variety of painful symptoms. You can learn more about this condition below as well as how Dr. Sikes can help you achieve long-term relief.

Why Choose Us for TMJ/TMD Therapy?

  • Dentist with many years of experience
  • Custom-made treatments for every patient
  • Warm & friendly atmosphere

Diagnosis & Treatment

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The TMJ can become dysfunctional for a multitude of reasons, but the most common are an injury, arthritis, or a misaligned bite that prevents the jaw from properly closing. This can lead to a variety of issues, including:

  • A stiff and painful jaw
  • A jaw that becomes stuck
  • Chronic headaches & earaches
  • Unconscious teeth grinding
  • Pain in the neck & shoulders

Dr. Sikes will examine your TMJ at every routine checkup, and if you report or exhibit any signs of a TMD, he will go a step further by testing the range of motion of the jaw and taking X-rays of the joint. Once he determines the root cause of the issue, he’ll recommend a treatment plan. This can involve something as simple as stretching or applying heat/cold to the joint to relieve strained muscles, or he may have you wear a therapeutic mouthpiece called an occlusal splint.

Occlusal Splints

occlusal splint

Occlusal splints are designed to relieve TMJ-related pain by slightly adjusting the jaw into a more relaxed and natural position. They only need to be worn to bed, and over time, this will allow the joint’s surrounding muscles and ligaments to both heal and adjust to this healthier position. Splints can also help protect the teeth from nighttime grinding. Over time, the jaw will adapt, and a patient should be able to go throughout their day without experiencing any symptoms.