TMJ Specialist

Leesville Dental Studio -  - Dentistry

Leesville Dental Studio

Dentistry located in Raleigh, NC

When you think of your joints, your mind probably first goes to your knees, hips, or wrists. You most likely don’t think about the joints inside your face — unless you’re living with a TMJ disorder. If your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) isn’t functioning as it should, you’re keenly aware of this often overlooked joint. The team at Leesville Dental Studio in Raleigh, North Carolina, can help you find relief. To learn more about their TMJ treatment options, call the office or schedule your appointment online today.


What is TMJ?

TMJ is the shortened way to refer to TMJ disorders or problems with the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint on each side of your jaw connecting your jawbone to your skull. This joint makes it possible for your jawbone to move so you can easily eat and talk. 

You might also hear TMJ referred to as TMD or temporomandibular disorder. 

People living with TMJ disorders experience pain at the TMJ. The pain might stem from the joint itself or from the surrounding muscles. Some of the most common symptoms of a TMJ disorder include:

  • Pain on one side of your face
  • Trouble chewing
  • Aching pain in or around your ear
  • Headaches
  • Lockjaw or difficulty opening and closing your mouth
  • Pain when you yawn
  • A clicking sound when you open or close your mouth
  • The feeling that your jaw is grinding when you open or close your mouth. 

If you hear a clicking when you eat or talk, but it doesn’t cause you any pain, don’t worry. You only need to seek TMJ treatment if your condition is causing you pain. 

What causes TMJ disorders?

Your TMJ allows your jaw to both hinge and slide back and forth. To cushion all of this motion, the joint is covered with cartilage. There is also a small disk between the bones where they meet that allows for smooth, comfortable joint motion. 

In many cases of TMJ disorders, that disk moves out of alignment or starts to break down. In other cases, the joint’s cartilage gets damaged. Without either of these factors, moving the TMJ becomes painful. 

How is TMJ treated? 

Leesville Dental Studio offers a number of TMJ treatments so you can find the right one to bring you relief. The team offers customized oral appliances that reposition your jaw so you can move it comfortably. 

They also partner with a physical therapist who offers dry needling. This treatment triggers myofascial release points with a very fine needle. Stimulating these targeted points helps some patients get significant relief from their TMJ disorder symptoms. 

You don’t have to live with jaw pain. To learn more about TMJ disorders and to find the right treatment for you, call Leesville Dental Studio or book your appointment online.