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TMJ/TMD Therapy – Lancaster, SC

Say Goodbye to Facial Pain & Headaches

Woman in pain holding jaw

Does your jaw feel stiff, click, or pop whenever you move it? Has your jaw even become stuck while opening or closing? These problems may be due to a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the set of hinges that allow your jaw to move, and if they become strained or injured, it can cause chronic pain. Fortunately, Dr. Wade has experience finding and treating this sneaky issue and can help you get the relief you deserve.

Why Choose Plantation Pointe Dentistry for TMJ/TMD Therapy?

  • Dentist with decades of experience diagnosing & treating TMJ-issues
  • Specially-made oral appliances can provide relief & protect against teeth grinding
  • Personalized treatment plan can help eliminate facial pain, chronic headaches, & even neck and shoulder pain

Diagnosis & Treatment

Dentists looking at skull and jawbone x-rays

TMD issues can be caused by stress, strain, or an injury to the joint, arthritis, or an uneven bite. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, Dr. Wade can perform specific exams and tests to determine the root cause of the issue. With those results, he can then offer the appropriate treatment plan, which may consist of occlusal adjustments or splints.

Occlusal Adjustments

Dentist showing patient model smile

Sometimes, a misalignment of the bite can prevent the muscles in the jaw from fully relaxing, which can lead to tension that quickly turns into pain. As a remedy, the bite needs to be rebalanced with the help of an occlusal adjustment. By slightly reshaping a few teeth, we can help the bite close properly allowing the muscles to reach their natural resting position.

Occlusal Splints

Model smile with occlusal splint in place

An occlusal splint is a custom-designed mouthpiece that you can wear to bed to help reposition your jaw so that the muscles are able to naturally relax and heal. These kinds of appliances can also help protect the teeth from bruxism, or nighttime teeth grinding, which is another common symptom of a TMD. After a few weeks of consistent use, your jaw will adapt to this new position pain-free.