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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.

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Medication

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.

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!

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What is a Cold Sore?

May 7, 2018

Filed under: Oral Health — Tags: , , , — tntadmin @ 10:00 am

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…)

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