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TMJ: what are the symptoms? | Columbia, SC

Are you suffering unknowingly from TMJ?

Frequent headaches, jaw pain, ear pain and a popping jaw that can make chewing difficult are all possible symptoms of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), usually referred to as TMJ.

Patients who suffer from any or all of the above symptoms may not realize that they have a bite disorder until they visit with Dr. Tom Trinkner, a Columbia restorative and cosmetic dentist.

A nationally recognized dentist in the treatment of bite disorders, Dr. Trinker takes a comprehensive approach to all patients, seeking to understand the underlying cause of any dental health problems before recommending a treatment plan to address symptoms. Dr. Trinkner has extensive post graduate training, including the Dawson Academy, in the treatment of complex bite disorders like TMJ uses advanced technology in the diagnosis of a TMD.

Dr. Trinkner offers several TMJ therapy treatment options for patients diagnosed with TMJ, including splint therapy and oral appliance therapy. In many cases, these conservative treatments can address symptoms and help to restore balance in the bite by preventing teeth grinding and jaw clenching- often the underlying cause of recurring headaches and jaw pain in many patients.

For patients who have sustained damage to the teeth due to the effects of TMJ, Dr. Trinkner may recommend a restorative treatment to realign the bite by adjusting the surface of the teeth or repairing damaged teeth. This could be accomplished with tooth bonding, dental crowns, veneers or other restorative procedures.

The goal of TMJ therapy is to restore balance to a patient’s bite, thus alleviating pressure on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and relieving the associated symptoms. This is important for maintaining optimal dental health and avoiding further dental health issues which can arise when TMJ is left untreated.

If you have been suffering with any of the above mentioned symptoms, contact Columbia dentist Dr. Trinkner and begin to restore your dental health!