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Did you know that chronic headaches, neck, back, and facial pain can stem from misaligned jaw joints? Over 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ disorder- a neuromuscular condition that causes jaw stress. Most people are unaware that their problem is dental until they come into Palmetto Dental Associates for a comprehensive exam.

The Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are responsible for comfortable jaw movements. The joints work with muscles, ligaments, bones, and nerves to create forward, backward, and circular motions. Changes in eating habits, added physical or emotional strain, or injury can throw this whole system off balance.

As a general dentist, Dr. Hortman is qualified to diagnose and treat TMJ disorder. Relieving headaches, migraines, back pain, and other TMJ-related symptoms may be as simple as wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard at night for 3 to 6 months.

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A custom-fitted mouthguard works by “reprogramming” the jaw to its natural resting position. With this TMJ therapy, your jaw will be relieved of tension and you will no longer experience the painful symptoms associated with TMJ disorder. Other TMJ therapies may include focused facial relaxation or tooth reshaping.

If you’re ready to stop headaches and chronic pain with non-surgical TMJ therapy, call Palmetto Dental Associates. We have provided residents of Little River and Myrtle Beach with comprehensive dental care for over 20 years.