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Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) and teeth grinding are leading causes of jaw and mouth pain. If you are in pain due to either of these afflictions, the team at Burley Dentistry can help. We work hard to ensure that our patients are comfortable and happy with the dental care they receive and alleviating pain is a natural part of that.
TMD is pain or discomfort associated with the jaw joint. When the joint becomes injured or stressed, TMD symptoms can arise. TMD can manifest in a variety of ways and the direct cause cannot often be understood. However, x-rays and a full evaluation from our Charlotte family dentist can identify the problem, so we can work to correct it.
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a condition that is characterized by the unconscious clenching and grinding of the teeth, usually when you are sleeping or working. It is common in children, who may outgrow it, but can persist into adulthood. The exact causes are often unknown, but the condition often has neurological origins. The grinding and clenching can negatively affect oral health and stresses the jaw joint, which can produce TMD symptoms. The integrity of the teeth can also be damaged, as the grinding and clenching can wear the teeth down and cause cracks. Our Charlotte dentist can provide treatment to help prevent damage and the need for extensive dental work.
If you are experiencing pain due to TMD or bruxism, please contact our Charlotte dental office. We recommend an examination to determine the care that is required. Depending on the outcome of the exam, we may recommend visiting an oral surgeon for a full evaluation. We work closely with your oral surgeon to ensure you get the care you need to alleviate pain and restore your oral health.
Dr. Burley will work with your oral surgeon to ensure you get the best care. If you need a mouth guard, we can craft that for you. Our mouthguards help to temporarily adjust the lower jaw for comfort and protect the teeth from damage. A mouth guard may be a temporary solution or solve your problem without further treatment.
Please contact our Charlotte family dentist at (704) 842-3430 to schedule an appointment.