TMJ/TMD Treatment in Raleigh, NC

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Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the spot where your jaw attaches to your skull to allow you to close and open your jaw smoothly. Sometimes the temporomandibular joint is injured or damaged, causing a painful condition known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder (TMD). Pain, clicking, or other noises in the jaw when you chew, yawn, or swallow, as well as headaches and restricted jaw movements, are the most common signs of TMD. To ease jaw pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Vivian Throop for an official diagnosis. At her practice, City of Oaks Dental in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Throop uses innovative equipment to assess and care for your TMD to ease painful symptoms.

To help diagnose a temporomandibular disorder, Dr. Throop will carefully listen to and understand your concerns before performing a physical examination. Throughout the examination, she will assess the movement of your jaw and start looking for indicators of jaw clenching, teeth grinding, and misalignment. She will also palpate the jaw and lower face for any swelling and tenderness. Other typical causes of TMJ include a jaw injury in the ball and socket of the joint or arthritis in the joint. Dr. Throop might order digital x-rays of your lower head along with a bite analysis to search for underlying causes that may determine your treatment approach. TMD patients report that symptoms seem to worsen during prolonged periods of stress, which results in tooth and jaw pain. Your TMJ treatment will be based on the cause of your TMD and your particular condition, but a few options include oral appliances (night or mouth guards), bite modification, dental restorations (bridges, crowns, and dentures), and much more.

City of Oaks Dental also offers leading-edge technology with the Multiwave Lock System (MLS) laser and BioPAK Jaw Diagnostic System to treat TMD and craniofacial pain. The MLS laser is a photobiomodulation laser that relieves pain, stimulates the production of enzymes to promote faster healing, reduces inflammation, relaxes muscles and muscle spasms, speeds tissue repair, and enhances the immune system. The BioPAK system measures the range of function of the mandible and chewing muscles. This type of biometric technology allows Dr. Throop to make a fully informed decision about treatment and expected results.

Pain in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) makes it tough to chew, talk, and enjoy your day-to-day life. Since there are many potential causes, symptoms, and remedies for TMD, schedule a consultation with Dr. Vivian Throop at her practice in Raleigh, NC. She will give you a thorough examination before making a diagnosis and discussing the different treatments available. Contact our team at City of Oaks Dental to get more information and schedule your appointment.

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My family and I have received excellent care from Dr. Troop and her very competent team since she first took over the practice from our old dentist, Dr. Makely. Both my husband and I have experienced dental issues after-hours, and Dr. Thrips always responded quickly and with concern. We both highly recommend City of Oaks Dental.

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I always receive personalized attention from Jody and Dr. Throop. While I’m here I feel like I’m the only thing that matters. This is a really professional, well run dental office.

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Everyone is so pleasant and friendly, and they use the mist advanced systems and procedures I’ve had cleanings, fillings and even a crown and highly recommend City of Oaks Dentistry.

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Professional and friendly. Dr Throop and her staff make visiting the dentist unstressful.

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I appreciate Dr Throop’s kindness and professionalism. I recommend City of Oaks Dental to new patients.

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