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Common Treatments for TMD

October 12, 2018

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If you have a sore jaw, trouble opening and closing your mouth, or you hear a click when you open your mouth wide, you may have TMD. At home, you can treat the symptoms of TMD with over-the-counter medication and avoiding painful jaw movements. However, if your symptoms worsen, you may need to visit Dr. Hortman and her team at Palmetto Dental Associates. Here are a few items they may suggest for you to treat your TMD. 

Night Guard or Splint

Often, many people grind their teeth and they do not realize they are doing it. A split, usually worn at all times, or a night guard, worn while sleeping, can prevent excessive grinding. This will help your TMD symptoms by placing a plastic barrier between your top and bottom teeth with a retainer.



Dr. Hortman may write a prescription for a medication such as higher dose painkiller, a muscle relaxer, or an anti-anxiety medication. Similar to over-the-counter pain medications, higher doses of NSAID painkillers reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation. Anti-anxiety medications along with muscle relaxers helps to calm the body and avoid grinding. This does not cure TMD but it can prevent it from worsening.

Other Dental Procedures

Sometimes TMD occurs when your bite is uneven. Replacing missing teeth can help relive your symptoms. Some ways that missing teeth can be repaired is with implants, crowns, or bridges. Talk to Dr. Hortman to see if this treatment option can help you.

TMD Surgery

If your jaw is locked or other treatment options do not work, you may be a need a surgery. Check with Dr. Hortman before making a decision. Types of surgeries include: arthrocentesis, arthroscopy, and open-joint surgery. An arthrocentesis is used to rinse the jaw muscle and remove the damaged disc stuck in the TMJ. An Arthroscopy removes scar tissue and fluid. For more complex TMD cases, open-joint surgery may be necessary.

If you are experiencing jaw pain, locked jaw, or facial pain, visit Dr. Hortman at Palmetto dental Associates for a consultation today.

Why Do Teeth Become Stained?

August 6, 2018

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There are a lot of reasons why your teeth may become stained. Sometimes, you may think the stains are from the most Stainedtalked about reason, food and drink. But, there are a few other, less known causes, that may be acting on your teeth. Here are a few.  (more…)

Reasons You Should Go To The Dentist

July 2, 2018

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Whether it is a biannual check-up or a sudden dental concern, there are multiple reasons that patients visit Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Palmetto Dental Associates. Here are a few of the top reasons. If you are experiencing similar symptoms, please call Palmetto Dental Associates at (843)-399-2525 to speak with a team member today!


The Cause of Your Bad Breath May Be More Than What You Eat

June 4, 2018

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Chronic or occasional bad breath can make any social situation uncomfortable. At Palmetto Dental Associates we Brad Breath understand your bad breath concerns. Below are a few common causes of bad breath. Sometimes bad breath, or halitosis, can be a sign of a more serious dental concern or it can be solved with a few tweaks in your daily routine.


What is a Cold Sore?

May 7, 2018

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Cold Sore

Cold sores are created by contact with saliva or skin. It can start if you kiss a person with a cold sore. Most are caused by HSV-1. This virus starts with small blisters that form into ulcers in your gums or mouth. Also, cold sores can spread to the eyes, fingers, genitals, and other areas. (more…)

6 Tips for Better Oral Health

April 1, 2018

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Better Oral Health

Better oral health starts with good health. It can also lower the risk of oral diseases. Here are a few tips for better oral health. 


5 Foods and Drinks that Ruin Your Oral Health

March 1, 2018

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Foods and Drinks for Your Oral Health

You need to do more than brush to stop decay. Did you know? Sugary foods can hurt your teeth. Below are 5 foods and drinks to avoid for good oral health.


Saving Money by Visiting Your Dentist? Learn How It’s Done

February 2, 2018

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young man smiling in plaid shirtWith the cost of living steadily rising, it’s a must that you take a frugal approach to how you spend your money. The tricky part sometimes is to determine what’s a necessity and what’s a want. So unfortunately, some of the more valuable components of your wellness may be sacrificed in an attempt to save the budget. This can spill over into the world of preventive dentistry, unfortunately viewed by some people as a discretionary service like getting a manicure or massage. That couldn’t be further from the truth because your semi-annual visits to your dentist serve as one of the major pillars in maintaining a healthy mouth, teeth and gums. As you continue reading you’ll learn more about why this is so and how it actually saves you money.


Toothpaste vs. Professional: What’s Best for Teeth-Whitening?

December 10, 2017

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A smiling woman after her whitening treatment.During your weekly grocery shopping, you might be intrigued by the dozens of different kinds of toothpaste to choose from. Many of them offer additional benefits that their basic counterparts may not. One of these benefits includes teeth-whitening, proudly displayed on the front of the box, usually in the bottom-right corner.

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth it to get teeth-whitening done at your dentist office when there’s an option to do so in your own home, keep reading. You’d be surprised to hear the comparison.


Your Local Dentist Explains the Importance of Consultations

November 15, 2017

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dental visit checkup You might be excited at the idea of improving your smile, but you shouldn’t skip any steps of the dental process—even your initial consultation.

This part may seem useless because it’s difficult to understand dental procedures, but your dentist is here to help you. Consultations are how your dentist puts their best foot forward in creating a friendly, open relationship as well as inform you about your dental options. Learn more about the importance of consultations here.


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