Bluffton South Carolina dentist Dr. David Snyder has focused a considerable amount of his post graduate training on the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders, along with the complex dental problems that occur as a result of long term TMJ dysfunction.
How TMJ Therapy Works
When the teeth don’t fit together properly, it causes stress on the TMJ joints, resulting in pain or pressure in the mouth and face. Dr. Snyder specializes in bite correction therapy to treat TMJ dysfunction.
As part of his comprehensive treatment planning, Dr. Snyder will analyze the way your teeth make contact. He will identify problem areas using 2-D and 3-D study models of your mouth. Then, making a series of adjustments to the teeth, Dr. Snyder can restore your bite to a natural and comfortable position, eliminating pain, tooth wear and teeth grinding.
Dr. Snyder will restore optimal function to your TMJ by reshaping the teeth where improper biting surfaces are located. This allows the jaw to close in its proper position, eliminating stress on the joints and relieving pain.
Reshaping of the teeth may include:
- Removing tooth structure
- Using dental crowns or porcelain veneers
- Orthodontic treatment
- Implant dentistry
Are You Suffering From A TMJ Disorder?
TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint, is a joint connecting the upper and lower jaw, responsible for the opening and closing of the mouth. TMJ is also general term given to a condition in which the jaw joints or teeth do not fit together properly.
Common Causes of TMJ Disorder
There is no single cause for TMJ disfunction. Stress is the leading cause for TMJ problems, but any number of factors or combination of factors may be to blame including:
- Trauma to the head, neck, or face
- Trauma to the TMJ joint or arthritis
- Hormonal changes or imbalances
- Malocclusion (where the jaws do not line up correctly resulting in bite problems)
- Anxiety, tension and other environmental factors
Common TMJ Symptoms
TMJ symptoms vary greatly from one patient to another. Because TMJ symptoms are similar to those of other medical conditions, making a diagnosis can be extremely difficult for an untrained dentist or physician. Common TMJ symptoms include:
- Shoulder, neck, facial pain
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
- Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
- Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by tooth wear
- Chronic earaches
Schedule a Consultation
TMJ dysfunction can put significant restrictions on your life by causing chronic pain and discomfort as well as cosmetic dental issues. Contact South Carolina dentist Dr. David Snyder at Lowcountry Dental Center in Bluffton for a consultation and to learn more about TMJ treatment.
Call us at 843-284-7340 or schedule and appointment online.