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TMD Therapy and Nightguards

Do you feel oral pain upon waking? Are your teeth sensitive or sore? Do you have clicking or popping jaw joints? You may suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, which is more commonly known as TMJ or TMD.

Deciphering TMD & Teeth Grinding

TMJ disorder, or TMD, refers to problems with your jaw joints caused by malocclusion (a bad bite), clenching, grinding, or posturing of your jaw muscles. Over time, your jaw joints may slip, lock, or become damaged due to TMD or because of trauma, like an auto accident.

Teeth clenching and grinding usually occurs during the night, but some people will clench or grind their teeth during the daytime, particularly if they are stressed.

The symptoms of TMD vary from patient to patient. Royal Oak Dental Group has reported the following symptoms:

  • Clicking, popping, locking, or grinding jaw joints
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Swelling
  • Facial pain
  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Teeth not coming together correctly
  • Dizziness
  • Earaches
  • Gum recession
  • Abfractions (notching in your teeth)
  • Tinnitus
  • Limited range of motion

The symptoms of TMD vary widely from person to person, and can be mild or extremely debilitating. TMD is a degenerative disease, so seeking treatment as soon as possible is highly recommended.

Oral Treatment for TMD

Our dentists adhere to treating TMD with an occlusal orthotic splint. In order to provide more convenient care to our patients, we have eliminated the need to send your case to a dental lab for fabrication, as we can create your splint in the convenience of our Raleigh or Cary dental offices without sacrificing quality.

Your splint will be custom-made to fit your teeth snugly. Most patients get used to wearing them quickly, and appreciate the relief they get from wearing them. By wearing a splint, you can provide relief to your joints and muscles, allowing them to relax and move into a comfortable position.

With regular use, most patients see dramatic reduction of their symptoms in a couple of weeks or less. Your splint may require periodic adjustments in order to ensure a proper long-term fit.

Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) Treatments & Nightguards

Do you grind your teeth at night? Do you wake up clenching your teeth? You may benefit from nocturnal wear of a nightguard. Nightguards are mouthguards that provide a barrier between your upper and lower teeth, preventing your teeth from damaging each other.

Wearing a nightguard can help to prevent cracks, worn teeth, shortened teeth, abfractions, and gum recession. Custom nightguards and mouthguards can also help you get a better night’s sleep by offering comfort and relaxation from grinding.

Call  Offices for an Evaluation

If you grind your teeth or have problems with your jaw, contact Royal Oak Dental Group to schedule an evaluation. Our team of experts can determine if you suffer from TMD and if you might benefit from splint treatment or a nightguard. As always, our mission is to protect your teeth and your oral health with quality preventative care.

We treat TMD, TMJ and other general dentistry diagnoses and are proud to serve patients in the Raleigh-Cary-Chapel Hill-Siler City area, including Apex, Carrboro, Pittsboro, Hillsboro, Durham, Morrisville, North Raleigh, Garner, Wake Forest and Knightdale.

Royal Oak Dental Group is proud to provide a full scope of dental health services to patients from Raleigh, Cary, Siler City, Chapel Hill, Durham, North Hills, Wake Forest, Garner, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Wendell and Morrisville, NC, as well as the greater Triangle area.
Click Here: COVID-19 & Office Updates

Dear Patient:
We hope this message finds you safe and healthy as we all collectively do our best to navigate the COVID-19 health crisis. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout these challenging times. Because the health and safety of our patients and community is paramount, it has been necessary to limit our patient care to urgent and emergency care over these last few months.

As we have closely followed recommendations from the North Carolina Dental Board, CDC, and other reputable health organizations, we recognize the importance of regional-specific guidance based on the most comprehensive, accurate, and current scientific literature and data available. While community guidelines may continue to evolve, we must continue to make our treatment decisions based on the best knowledge available. It is our job to help improve the health of our patients by approaching comprehensive dental treatment PROACTIVELY, not just reacting after the compromise has become irreversible in nature.

With this in mind, we have made the decision to safely reopen our doors to ALL PATIENTS beginning Monday, May 11th. This means routine dental care, such as cleanings and simple restorations, will resume. When you come to our office you will notice the following elevated measures and precautions that we believe are necessary to maintain until we emerge from this COVID-19 environment (and likely thereafter):  

  • Sanitation stations in the front desk/waiting area
  • Anti-microbial Hydrogen Peroxide mouth rinses before the start of each appointment
  • Hi-Evacuation suction for hygiene appointments to minimize cavitron-related aerosols
  • Patient entrance doors will remain open to reduce contact 
  • Mandatory pre-screening questionnaire over the phone when appointments are confirmed and upon arrival to the office, in addition to temperature checks of ALL STAFF and PATIENTS
  • Patients will wait in their vehicles until their appointment begins
  • Limited access to patient waiting areas and operatories whenever possible (e.g. restricted to patients, parents of young children, translators, service animals, special needs assistance, etc.)
  • Enhanced social distancing measures throughout the office 

This is not the first crisis that we have endured as a state or as a nation, and we look forward to overcoming this event better, stronger and more resilient than ever before. We cannot thank you enough for trusting us with your oral health. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns, and let us know if there is anything we can do to better serve you.
Royal Oak Dental Group