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Relieving Columbia, SC’s Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ)

The talented and compassionate staff at The Smile Studio understands temporomandibular disorder (TMJ or TMD) is an uncomfortable experience for patients. The pain and movement issues associated with it affect your ability to chew, speak, and generally enjoy life. That’s why we’re committed to educating patients of all ages about this disorder and treating it with effective procedures to alleviate the discomfort. TMD sufferers endure temporary or occasional discomfort occurring in cycles. Only a small number of TMD patients develop symptoms that are significant and long-term. When the severity gets this substantial, it can be detrimental to your quality of life. The Smile Studio is ready to help you with treatments to regain your jaw’s smooth movement and reduce the severity and occurrence of symptoms.

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Causes of TMD & TMJ Pain

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) might incur damage from an injury like a heavy blow. The impact can result in a fracture or other damage to the bones or disc. This disrupts your joint, replacing normal, smooth motion with locking or pain. An injury can also lead to arthritis in your jaw joint. Your jaw gets its smooth motion from the joints acting as both hinged and sliding joints, which allows you to move your jaw side-to-side and up-and-down. With temporomandibular disorder (TMD) You can end up with limited movement, severe discomfort or pain, popping, clicking, or grating sounds, swelling, difficulty chewing, muscle fatigue in your face, and headaches, including migraines.

Categories of TMD

There are three categories of TMD, and a person might suffer from more than one condition simultaneously:

Degenerative Joint Disease

Diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis in the jaw are the culprits for degenerative joint disease.

Myofascial Pain

This is the most common form of temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Myofascial pain causes pain and discomfort in the muscles responsible for the function of your jaw, as well as your shoulder and neck muscles.

Internal Derangement of the Joint

The conditions that can result in internal derangement of the jaw include a displaced disc, injury to the condyle, or a dislocated jaw.

Get Relief for Jaw Joint Pain at The Smile Studio

The treatments for TMD or TMJ pain include both invasive and non-invasive options. Dr. Philip Jackson will evaluate your symptoms and condition to help you carefully determine the appropriate treatment to relieve your discomfort. Countless patients in within a 15-mile radius of Columbia, SC have enjoyed their experience at our dental practice because always deliver comprehensive services with friendly and compassionate care. Give us a call to schedule an appointment if you’re suffering from pain or other symptoms related to TMD, and we’ll help you stop the discomfort, so you can fully enjoy life again.

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