Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Treatment in Raleigh Raleigh, NC - City of Oaks

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Treatment in Raleigh

TMD, or “temporomandibular joint disorder,” is a common term for a group of disorders that affect the way your jaw joints work. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ), located at the junction of your temporal bones and the mandible, are where your jaw connects to your skull. Pain, clicking, or other noises when you chew, yawn, or swallow, as well as headaches and restricted jaw movements, are some of the most common signs of TMD.

It’s not just you: the pain and discomfort are real. In the United States, more than 20 million adults have TMD, and the condition severely affects around 3 million adults.

There are many causes of TMD including misaligned teeth, collapsed dental arches and stress. Treatment is available, and the more you know about this common issue, the easier it will be to manage it.

The great majority of people who suffer from TMJ issues aren't aware that a dentist can treat the underlying cause of their symptoms. Dr. Throop can evaluate, diagnose, and establish a treatment plan for the underlying causes of TMJ illness.

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Reasons to Treat TMJ Disorder


TMD patients report that their symptoms often worsen during periods of prolonged or unexpected stress, which can result in tooth and jaw pain.

There are multiple causes of TMJ disorder-stress, sleep apnea, and misaligned bites all play a role. After an evaluation by Dr. Throop, she will determine the most likely cause and create a custom treatment plan to help alleviate the problem.

Grinding teeth is a fairly common symptom, especially at night time; grinding can eventually destroy the teeth as well as other supporting structures like gums causing more serious dental problems down the line if left untreated. Untreated TMD is one major cause of this deterioration leading to cracked teeth followed by tooth loss later on in life. Those who do not want to risk it any further should make an appointment as soon as possible!

When to Get a Professional Diagnosis

If you’re experiencing chronic pain and have difficulty chewing, speaking, or swallowing, or if you have a history of neck or head injuries, autoimmune disease, or a neurological disorder, it’s worth discussing your symptoms with Dr. Throop. She can examine you and take x-rays to see if something is triggering your symptoms.

What is involved in TMD treatment?


To make an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Throop will perform a thorough exam of your jaw and bite, take x-rays and review your medical history. This process will help us make a more accurate diagnosis and find the best treatment for you to get better quickly.

Depending on the diagnosis, there may be one or more recommendations. A custom-made dental appliance can be made to stop teeth grinding at night and allows the muscles of the head and neck to rest. We may also offer guidance on relaxation techniques that might lessen the impacts of stress. If there is concern over sleep apnea, we may order a sleep study as this can be a life-threatening condition. Dr. Throop and staff will gladly answer your questions and discuss your symptoms, treatment choices, and results as with any procedure.

If you are experiencing any TMJ symptoms, we recommend that you schedule an appointment.

City of Oaks Dental Provides Treatment for a Pain-Free Life!


If you want the best advice on how to be free from your symptoms in a quick and easy way, consulting a dentist that has knowledge of TMJ and TMD is essential. After a full exam, we will advise you on what is the best option for dealing with your discomfort- whether it's oral appliances, orthodontics or simple lifestyle changes.

TMJ Frequently Asked Questions


What is the best way to get rid of TMD?

The symptoms of TMD can resolve without treatment but can lead to your body making other compensations. You should always consult a dentist that has knowledge of TMD. They can provide you with the best advice to be free from your symptoms in the quickest, safest, cheapest, and most effective way.

Although surgery, injections, and procedures can work in extreme cases, more conservative methods such as oral appliances and bite reshaping can be an easy and simple way to get relief from your chronic pain symptoms.

Can TMD go away on its own?

TMD is a common condition that can affect anyone, at any age. Fortunately, the symptoms are completely treatable, and many people are able to manage their condition without medications. Try these tips for living with TMD: Get educated on the signs and symptoms of TMD and how to recognize them in yourself and your family members.

Remember that everyone’s experience with TMD is different, so what works for one person may not help the next. Take the time to find what combination of treatments works best for you and your symptoms.

If the pain and other symptoms are severe, treat the cause, not just the pain.

How long does a TMD take to heal

It’s normal for TMD to improve slowly. A survey found that, on average, people fully recovered after six months of treatment. However, some people experience relief in shorter periods of time.

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