Visit a TMJ specialist and dentist in the Greenville, SC community
For certain conditions, it is important to work with a specialist. Dr. John Palmer of Palmer Distinctive Dentistry is available to assist patients with a wide range of dental solutions—including the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorder (TMD). This dentist has experience in working with TMD for patients in the Greenville, SC area and welcomes new patients to learn about the condition.
What is TMJ/TMD?
TMJ is a shortened term for the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint is the jaw joint responsible for allowing the mouth to open and close. There are many muscles surrounding this joint, and when it begins to malfunction, patients may experience pain and discomfort. Some of the most common signs of TMD include:
- Clicking and popping jaw joints
- Locking of the jaw in the open or closed position
- Pain in the jaw and surrounding muscles
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Discomfort from the ears down to the neck and shoulders
What can be done for TMD?
First, patients need to receive a proper diagnosis from a specialist. A dentist with experience in this area can also assist. A physical examination may be performed as well as x-rays to check the health of the surrounding area. Once a diagnosis has been reached, patients can learn about treatment options. The most popular is that of oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy utilizes specialized mouth guards that are worn to realign the jaw joint to reduce tension and discomfort.
Call a TMD specialist today
Drs. Palmer and Knause of Palmer Distinctive Dentistry provide treatment for TMJ disorder and more. Using oral appliance therapy, many of their patients experience relief. If you live in the area of Greenville, SC, you are encouraged to contact the practice to discuss diagnosis and treatment. Call (864) 332-4113 or visit 134 Milestone Way.
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