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Wells Family Dental Group

TMJ Treatment
in Raleigh, NC


Wells Family Dental Group in Raleigh, NC provides expert care for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD), commonly known as TMJ. Our team understands the complexities of TMJ disorders and offers personalized treatment plans to alleviate pain and restore jaw function.

Understanding TMJ/TMD


The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull and facilitates essential functions like talking, chewing, and yawning. TMJ disorders can lead to pain and dysfunction in this joint and its surrounding muscles. Recognizable symptoms include jaw pain, difficulty moving the jaw, and noticeable clicking or popping sounds during movement.

Recognizing TMJ Symptoms


Patients with TMJ disorders often notice symptoms such as:

  • Persistent jaw and facial pain
  • Limited ability to open or close the mouth
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint
  • Frequent headaches, ear pain, muscle soreness, and neck stiffness
  • Altered fit between upper and lower teeth

Other signs indicating TMJ or occlusal issues might include significant tooth wear or chipping, temperature sensitivity, and gingival recession.

Causes of TMJ Disorders


Various factors can contribute to TMJ disorders, including:

  • Dental misalignment or malocclusion
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Stress leading to jaw clenching
  • Arthritis or other joint conditions
  • Trauma to the jaw or face

Diagnosing TMJ Disorders


Effective treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis. Our diagnostic process includes:

  • A detailed patient history to understand symptoms and previous jaw-related issues
  • A physical examination to assess jaw movement, sound, and any pain or tenderness
  • Imaging tests like X-rays, MRI, or CT scans to examine the jaw’s structure and joint condition

Comprehensive TMJ Treatment Options


Our treatment goals focus on reducing pain, restoring normal jaw function, and preventing symptom recurrence. We offer a range of treatments, including:

  • TMJ Splints: Custom-made devices to reduce joint pressure, protect the joint from further damage, and prevent teeth grinding
  • Occlusal Equilibration: Selective polishing of teeth to improve bite and relieve stress on the TMJ
  • Restorations: Dental work to repair or replace damaged teeth and alleviate TMJ strain
  • Orthodontics: Aligning teeth and jaws to correct malocclusion and relieve TMJ symptoms
  • Physical Therapy: Exercises to strengthen jaw muscles, enhance mobility, and decrease pain
  • Medications: Pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, or muscle relaxants
  • Stress Management: Techniques to alleviate stress and reduce jaw clenching

Why Choose Wells Family Dental Group for TMJ Treatment?


  • Expertise: Our dentists are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders, ensuring you receive top-notch care.
  • Comprehensive Care: From conservative to advanced treatments, we provide options tailored to your unique needs.
  • Patient-Centered Approach: Your comfort and well-being are our priority, with clear communication and supportive care throughout your treatment journey.

Schedule Your TMJ Consultation


Experience jaw pain, clicking, or other TMJ symptoms? Don’t wait for relief. Contact Wells Family Dental Group in Raleigh, NC today to schedule your consultation. Our team is dedicated to providing the expert care you need for a pain-free and functional jaw.

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