TMJ Treatment Charleston, SC

TMJ disorders occur when there is additional stress on the temporomandibular joint of your jaw. When this joint becomes injured or inflamed, patients often experience a wide range of symptoms including jaw pain, tension headaches, and earaches. TMJ disorders can also cause a popping or clicking noise to occur when you open or close your mouth. Patients who have a habit of grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw when under stress are very likely to develop a TMJ disorder.

The Charleston, SC dentist office of Dr. R. Edward Hudgens can help you manage your TMJ disorder with conservative TMJ treatment options. Learn more about our TMJ treatment options below.

Treatment for Jaw Pain in Charleston SC

TMJ Treatment in Charleston, SC

If you experience frequent jaw pain, tension headaches, or earaches, we recommend you mention this to your dentist during your next appointment. Dr. Hudgens is an experienced restorative dentist in Charleston, SC. He has helped many patients manage their TMJ symptoms with our TMJ treatment options. The following are our TMJ treatment options:

Oral Appliance Therapy

A conservative treatment option for TMJ disorders is oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy involves the use of a custom nightguard, or a mouthguard that is worn at night. The nightguard holds your jawbone in a healthy resting position as you sleep, helping you avoid teeth grinding or jaw clenching in your sleep. Patients undergoing oral appliance therapy will wake up with a fully rested jawbone that is tension-free.

Bite Correction

Occasionally, your TMJ symptoms may be caused by issues with your bite pattern. When you are missing teeth or have severely crooked teeth, this can create added tension to your jaw joints and create a TMJ disorder. If this is determined to be the cause of your symptoms, Dr. Hudgens can recommend tooth replacement options or refer you to an orthodontic specialist for bite correction therapy.

Schedule An Appointment

If you suffer from frequent jaw pain, tension headaches, or earaches, you don’t have to live with these debilitating symptoms forever. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Hudgens today to learn more about how we can help you manage your symptoms so you can get back to enjoying the benefits of a happy and healthy smile.