TMJ – Temporomandibular joint disorder
Medically speaking, “TMJ” refers to the joint where your jawbone attaches to your skull. The acronym “TMJ” has come to refer to a variety of different problems that occur with this joint, with symptoms including clicks and pops, headaches, earaches, jaw pain and the inability to fully open the mouth. Dr. Wych offers different types of TMJ treatment near Columbia in Irmo, South Carolina.
A variety of things can cause TMJ. Clenching and grinding teeth can, which can be the result of stress, can result in TMJ disorders, as can neck strain such as that caused by constantly leaning forward to look at a computer screen. TMJ disorders can be made worse by poor diet, lack of sleep, and high stress levels. If you have TMJ symptoms, and these or other risk factors are present in your life, you may benefit from TMJ treatment at the Columbia area office of Dr. Gregory Wych.
The TMJ treatment our Columbia-area practice offers takes many different forms. Treatment usually begins with gentle therapies such as massage, heat and cold packs, and exercise, and may go on to incorporate mouthguards to prevent clenching and grinding, realignment of the teeth, and muscle relaxant medication. Contact the office of Dr. Gregory Wych to discuss the specifics of your TMJ, and find out how TMJ treatment at our office near Columbia can help you.
Effective Relief of TMJ Pain
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
For people with TMJ dysfunction, problems with the joint and muscles around it may cause:
- Pain that travels through the face, jaw or neck
- Stiff jaw muscles
- Limited movement or locking of the jaw
- Painful clicking or popping in the jaw
- A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
- Dr. Wych’s TMJ Treatment Procedure
Dr. Wych has a battery of tests available to determine the correct cause of TMJ pain. Typically, a Doppler is used to listen to jaw joints to evaluate the severity of the condition. MRI’s are occasionally done if necessary.
Treatments are individualized to each patient, and usually begin with gentle therapies such as massage, heat and cold packs, and exercise, and may go on to incorporate mouth guards to prevent clenching and grinding, splint therapy to get the jaw into a more comfortable position, realignment of the teeth, and muscle relaxant medication.
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Contact the office of Dr. Gregory Wych to discuss the specifics of your TMJ, and find out how TMJ treatment at our office near Columbia can help you.
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