We Can Provide TMJ Treatment Without Surgery

If you suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, you may be plagued by significant jaw pain, chronic headaches, and other unpleasant symptoms. Fortunately, our team of doctors offers effective non-surgical TMJ treatment as an alternative to more invasive jaw surgery. At our Statesboro, GA, practice, we can customize oral appliances to protect your jaw and reduce the painful symptoms. In some cases, we may also suggest dental crowns or even a full mouth reconstruction plan to restore damaged teeth, protect against future damage, and lay the foundations for good oral health

3-D illustration depicting a side view of the temporomandibular joint.

Because we use our temporomandibular joints constantly when speaking and eating, they are particularly vulnerable to overuse and inflammation. 

An Overview of TMJ Disorder

Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, are the two joints just below your ears connecting the jaw to the rest of your skull. These joints experience significant pressure on a daily basis from constant biting, chewing, or speaking. Severe cases of bruxism or teeth grinding can put them under further pressure, forcing the soft discs within the joint out of place. Some patients also experience severe inflammation in their facial muscles and ligaments.

TMJ disorder (TMD) is tied to a number of painful symptoms, including: 

  • Chronic headaches and migraines
  • Jaw and facial pain
  • Stiff jaw
  • A popping or clicking noise when you open or close your mouth
  • Ear pain
  • Tinnitus or a ringing in your ears
  • Pain in neck and shoulders

The severity of your condition typically determines the appropriate treatment. While non-surgical options are usually preferred, more serious cases may require surgical intervention to properly realign the jaw. 

Bite Splints and Night Guards

A study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that splint therapy can effectively manage the side effects of a TMJ disorder without the need for surgery. A splint pulls your lower jaw forward, which can release some of the pressure on your joints. While most patients only need to wear a splint during the night, patients with severe TMD may need to wear it during the day, as well. Our occlusal splints are custom-made using impressions of your teeth to ensure a comfortable fit. If you play sports, we may also recommend an Under ArmourBite® Guards to prevent teeth clenching during the day.  

A study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that splint therapy can effectively manage the side effects of a TMJ disorder without the need for surgery.

More mild cases of TMD may only require a night guard, rather than a splint. This appliance fits over your top and bottom teeth and stops the two dental arches from touching, thus preventing grinding at night.

Additional Non-Invasive Treatments

We often recommend restorative dentistry as a secondary treatment to repair damage caused by untreated TMD. Missing or worn teeth often affect the balance of your bite by putting uneven pressure on your joints and can even leave you at greater risk for developing bruxism. If your top and bottom teeth do not align properly, you may subconsciously grind your jaw in an attempt to create realign both arches. 

To correct this problem, we offer several types of restorations. Dental crowns can help replace lost enamel in the wake of tooth erosion, whereas bridges and dentures can completely replace a lost tooth or teeth. Often, we will provide dental restorations in conjunction with an oral appliance.

Relieve Your Jaw Pain

Our doctors combine advanced technology and conservative therapy to help you reduce your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life. Contact our office online or call us at (912) 974-4403 to learn more about our non-surgical treatment options for TMJ disorder.