Did you know that Dr. Blanton is currently teaching TMD Therapy to the dental students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry ?
Dr. Blanton is an Associate Professor at UTHSC College of Dentistry and lectures on Orofacial Pain and TMD to the Junior and Senior Dental Students. He has taught at the University since 2016 and often has dental students observe in his office. Dr. Blanton is one of the few dentists in the area that routinely treats both Sleep Disordered Breathing Patients and patients with Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction conditions.
For people with TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), a sore jaw, worn down teeth, and chronic headaches are very normal. These problems can often stem from a strained or misaligned jaw joint, known as the TMJ (temporomandibular joint). This is the small set of hinges on your jaw that allows it to move fluidly whenever you speak or eat.
At our practice, Dr. Blanton are able to diagnose and treat a wide variety of TMDs, so if you’ve had lingering problems with your jaw or frequently suffer from headaches, read on below to learn about how you can finally get relief.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Your TMJ can start to experience problems for a number of reasons, with the most common being stress, injury, or arthritis. These can all cause the jaw to become stiff and painful. In many cases, it tends to pop and click often, and it can even become stuck while opening or closing. TMJ problems can also lead to strain in the facial muscles that can cause chronic migraines and earaches.
When you come to see us for your routine checkup, we will always check on the health of your TMJ. We’ll test your range of motion, ask you about any pain you might be feeling, and look at how your teeth come together. If you happen to show any symptoms of TMD, don’t worry, we can treat you right here in our office. It may involve doing a few simple stretches throughout the day, or we might suggest that you use a specialized mouthguard called an occlusal splint.
This is a small, easy to use mouthguard that can be used to treat TMJ pain. Each one is custom-made, so it will comfortably fit over your teeth while providing complete relief. It will shift your jaw slightly so that the muscles can relax into a more natural position. TMD is often associated with nighttime teeth grinding as well, and the splint will help provide a protective barrier between them.
If your jaw has been bothering you lately, or if you can’t seem to find the cause of your chronic headaches, please come see us . You could very well be dealing with TMD and not know it. With us, we’ll be able to get to the root of your problem and help you get the proper treatment.
To get started, simply contact our office to make an appointment.