Relieve pain and enjoy life

Jaw pain or stiffness? Chronic headaches or migraines? These can be symptoms of TMJ disorder (TMD). You don’t have to live with this pain. Let the River Landing team guide you to a positive and powerful life change.

What is TMJ?

You have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connecting your lower jaw to your skull and when the chewing muscles, jaw joints, and bite do not work together in harmony, pain is the result. The cause of TMD isn’t always clear, but there are several risk factors. Bruxism, or grinding and clenching of your teeth, can lead to TMD. The disc between the ball and socket joint can become dislocated causing improper joint function and pain. Arthritis of the TMJ can develop due to injury or wearing over time. Elevated estrogen levels can create more flexible joints and lead to popping that puts the TMJ off balance. Examining your jaw for signs of a TMJ disorder (TMD) allows us to get down to the root cause and tailor a treatment plan for your specific needs.

Common TMD Symptoms

Just as no two people are alike, neither are two TMD cases. There are, however, some common symptoms of TMD including:

  • Consistent pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Pain while biting or chewing
  • Chronic headaches or migraines
  • Pain in one or both TMJs (temporomandibular joints) which are located just in front of the ears
  • Aching pain in the ear or face
  • Jaw joints locking or stopping the mouth from moving easily
  • Clicking sound or grating sensation when opening the mouth
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Treatment Solutions

Accurate diagnosis is the first step to personalized care. Electromyography and sonography allow us to evaluate the muscular activity to accurately diagnose TMD and create the most effective treatment plan for your case. We have a variety of treatment solutions for TMD.

We will also make suggestions of steps you can take in your daily life to reduce your symptoms and pain. These suggestions might include:

  • Eating soft foods
  • No chewing gum
  • No foods requiring a lot of chewing
  • Chewing on both sides of your mouth
  • Moist heat application to sore areas for 5-10 minutes
  • Gentle massage
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Call or text: (843) 242-0645

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