If a clicking, popping, of the painful jaw is an everyday obstacle for you, a TMJ therapy might be right for you. Many times, patients experience discomfort on the sides of their jaw from over-strain and irritation of the Temporomandibular Join, of TMJ. Typically the joint becomes overworked when patients clench or grind their teeth. Bad habits and stress usually cause your jab to become tense and put unnecessary strain on the TMJ. At Palmetto Dental Associates, Dr. Hortman is dedicated to the health of your jaw. To decrease pain from TMJ, Dr. Hortman offers TMJ therapy in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
There are a number of symptoms that present when experiencing TMJ concerns. The most common is pain, tenderness, and aching in your jaw. As mentioned above, this occurs as a result of extra strain on the TMJ. Other symptoms include facial pain, locked jaw, pain, and difficulty chewing, and popping or clicking when opening and closing the jaw. If you experience any of these symptoms, visit Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates for TMJ therapy in North Myrtle Beach.
One of the best TMJ therapy treatments is night guards. Not only does this prevent excessive grinding and clenching it can also protect the surface of your teeth. A night guard is a dental tray custom-fit to your mouth to wear while you sleep. This TMJ therapy puts a layer of soft plastic between your teeth. This makes it harder to clench and grind. Additionally, this barrier between your teeth prevents the sharp grooves from rubbing against each other and wearing away the top of the tooth. For the best results, Dr. Hortman and the Palmetto Dental Associates team recommend wearing a nightguard for 3 to 6 months to see TMJ therapy results.
If you are ready to reduce headaches, clicking and popping jaw, and give your TMJ a much-needed break, Dr. Hortman is here to help with TMJ therapy. For more information about how TMJ therapy in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina can help you or to schedule a consultation, call Palmetto Dental Associates, today!