Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is one of the most common maladies of the jaw, affecting millions of Americans. Because the condition can have far-reaching and often debilitating effects, Dr. John Rink works with a team of dental specialists to direct you to your best treatment solutions. If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, like clenching and grinding, jaw pain, tenderness, or discomfort, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rink today to learn more about your treatment options.
The TMJs are the joints that connect the mandible (lower jaw) to the temporal bones of the skull. The TMJ is different from other joints in the body, since it has the ability to move the jaw in an up and down motion, as well as from side to side.
To promote smooth, uninterrupted motion, each TMJ contains a soft disc of cartilage designed to absorb the shock from chewing and other movements. TMJ disorder is a condition of the joint, cartilage, muscles, or nerves that control the movement of the jaw.
TMJ disorder can arise from problems within the joint or the muscles surrounding it, causing:
Although the exact cause of TMJ disorder is often unknown, arthritis, teeth grinding, stress, poor posture, trauma, and excessive jaw clenching have been found to be contributors. All of these factors can produce or contribute to an imbalanced bite, which causes your TMJs to overcompensate in order to properly align your teeth when you bite down. This can lead to excessive wear on your teeth, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and other jaw problems.
“Dr. Rink and his group of staff are highly professional, and they make you feel comfortable. Over the years, I have had two different hygienists, and both of them have been excellent and very helpful.”
Dr. Rink is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and a veteran of cutting edge techniques in prosthetics, including porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges and implants. His attention to detail and stunning aesthetic results have made him among the most trusted and sought-after dentists in Charleston and beyond.
Clients enjoy a host of welcoming amenities including warm blankets and towels, soothing essential oils, noise canceling headphones and entertaining 3D movies, all of which make a visit to the office on par with a luxury spa excursion.
Dr. Rink keeps current on the latest advances in cosmetic science and is delighted to offer his patients CEREC same-day restorations, sedation dentistry and digital cosmetic imaging along with many other innovative technologies.
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