Physiologic dentistry is the area of dentistry that strives to place the jaw in its optimal position, relieving the symptoms associated with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). Physiologic dentistry works with the hard tissues and soft tissues, muscles and nerves. When the jaw is misaligned, both the hard and soft tissues are affected and many physiological problems can result. When the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is not aligned properly, a number of symptoms may appear. A TMJ dentist such as Dr. Wallace has advanced training to treat TMD.
Temporomandibular disorder or TMD can disguise as many painful signs and symptoms, including pain around the temporomandibular joints. Head and neck pain, jaw pain (clicking, popping, grinding), locking jaw or lockjaw, migraines and pressure headaches, sensitive teeth, ear pain which includes vertigo (dizziness) and ringing in the ears are just a few of the many TMD symptoms that Dr. Wallace successfully treats without surgery.
As a physiologic dentist in Beaufort, South Carolina, Dr. Wallace can help you understand TMD pain and the mouth and body connection. You may have some combination of these signs and symptoms and maybe haven’t found any relief at your doctor’s office. If this sounds similar, you may be suffering from TMD or temporomandibular disorder. A highly-trained TMD physiologic dentist like Dr. Wallace can evaluate your symptoms with a thorough examination. She will be able to tell you if you suffer from TMD and what she can do to relieve or eliminate your pain through physiologic dental treatment.
What causes TMJ pain?
TMD is a chronic degenerative disease that often takes years to develop. At the current time millions of Americans suffer from this debilitating condition, and many don’t even realize it. Dr. Wallace is a specialist that has advanced training and knowledge as a physiologic dentist. She can help you determine the best options for TMD treatment and best options for your overall health.
Headaches or migraines
TMJ pain TMJ popping or clicking
Broken, worn or chipped teeth
Limited mouth opening or jaw locking
Ringing or pain in the ears
Clenching or grinding
Facial, Neck, Shoulder or Back Pain
Postural problems, vertigo, dizziness
Tingling of the fingertips
Hot & cold sensitivity of teeth
Nervousness or insomnia
Patrick talks about TMJ treatment with Dr. Wallace and his beautiful new smile.
Lori talks about TMJ treatment with Dr. Wallace. She is now living life pain-free after fixing her bad bite.
“I would like to take a minute to express how grateful and impressed I am with the dental services and orthotic device and process prescribed to me by Dr. Wallace. I was experiencing several issues to include neck and shoulder pain, headaches, cracked teeth and loss of sleep for the past few years. I was spending enormous amounts of money on chiropractic care, massage, bite guards and even had to have a tooth removed and new implant due to grinding my teeth. I started wearing my new orthotics device in February and seeing the doctor and her assistant weekly for adjustment and tens treatments. Literally within 2 weeks most of my symptoms subsided and I was feeling like a new person. I highly recommend Palmetto Smiles of Beaufort, Dr. Wallace and all of the amazing ancillary staff that work with her. They have improved my well-being and literally my life!”
- Carrie Peterson
Once you have been diagnosed with TMD, Physiologic dentist Dr. Jennifer Wallace will discuss the various treatment options with you and determine your best course of treatment. Some of the most successful TMD treatments include adjusting the bite, orthotic devices, orthodontics, and restoring the teeth to their correct position. Typically, treatment will involve the following:
Relieve muscle pain and spasms
Stabilize the bite
Manage the bite long-term
This short TMJ video illustrates the concept of how Dr. Wallace treats TMD disorder through a non-surgical approach. Please watch to learn more about how a bad bite can wreak havoc on the muscles and joints if only slightly misaligned.
Don’t let TMJ pain rule your life. Dr. Wallace is one of most highly-trained TMD dentists in South Carolina. She has hundreds of hours of advanced physiologic-based dental training with successful TMJ pain therapy and TMD treatment outcomes.
Palmetto Smiles of Beaufort is open Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We will reserve your appointment as promptly as possible. If you have pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you that day.
If your preferred appointment time is not available, we will still reserve an appointment for you, while working to get you in at your preferred time.
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