TMJ Therapy for Jaw Pain in Asheville
Your temporomandibular joints (also known more simply as TMJ) are a vital part of your facial structure, connecting your jawbone to your skull and facilitating necessary movement such as chewing and speaking. Because of this important responsibility, even the slightest imbalance or aggravation can result in a serious and painful health condition known as TMJ disorder. The causes of TMJ disorder are typically complex and varied; they may include simple genetics, an injury to the jaw, the presence of bruxism (teeth grinding), or the onset of arthritis. Common symptoms include the following:
- Significant pain in the face, neck, shoulders, and/or back
- Limited jaw movement
- Jaw joints that click or pop incessantly
- Constant headaches/migraines/earaches
- Chewing is difficult/uncomfortable
If any of these are familiar to you, please inform Dr. White right away. During a comprehensive evaluation, he can review your bite and jaw and make recommendations for treatment as necessary to relieve the pain you’re experiencing. A custom occlusal splint may be designed to gradually reposition the patient’s resting bite and establish a healthier, more comfortable relationship between the teeth. We may also utilize Tekscan digital bite analysis technology to create a comprehensive understanding of your oral profile and reveal the need for necessary restorative work that can reestablish harmony as well. Our dental team’s goal is to get you back to living your best life as smoothly and effectively as possible!