What Does TMJ Disorder Look Like?

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, up to 10 million people across this country are affected with TMJ disorder. Many people with this condition that affects the joints of your jawbone, never realize that they have a treatable problem. Instead, they ignore symptoms such as:

  • A jaw that “sticks”, “clicks” or “locks” when yawning, speaking or eating
  • Jaw pain that tends to be worse in the morning, and that sometimes causes headaches and toothaches
  • The sensation that the teeth do not fit together correctly
  • Tooth grinding (bruxism)

Sound familiar? Call India Hook Dental Care at 803-832-2604 to find out if you could have TMJ disorder. We will help you uncover the root of your issues, and apply proven techniques to reduce the symptoms that are affecting your life.


TMJ Treatment Individualized for You

Each patient who experiences TMJ pain has a unique background and requires personalized service. If you have been diagnosed with TMJ pain, you may benefit from one or more of these common treatment methods:

Occlusal Adjustment – During this in-house procedure, the tops of the back teeth are smoothed down to create a better fit between the top and bottom teeth. When the teeth fit together more adequately, TMJ symptoms such as jaw pain and tooth grinding are typically reduced.

Dental Appliance – In some cases, a dental appliance that is worn at night can help you maintain a neutral position while you sleep. This leads to less discomfort upon awakening. A properly constructed dental appliance made specifically for your mouth will also discourage bruxism behavior, saving the teeth from unnecessary wear.

All of the dentists at India Hook Dental Care have extensive training in several methods of TMJ treatment including courses at the highly respected Dawson Academy. The Dawson Academy is one of the world’s premiere credentialing facilities for dental providers like Dr. Jennifer Houck, Dr. Lauren Smith and Dr. Heather Johnson who want to help patients reduce the symptoms of TMJ disorder.

Call India Hook Dental Care at (803) 324-7640 to schedule an appointment with our team

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