What are my treatment options?
At the Charleston Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, Dr. Rink can use a variety of diagnostic techniques to determine the cause of your TMJ disorder. He will then tailor a non-surgical treatment plan for you, specifically designed to lessen your pain and other symptoms, and correct any issues that may be causing this chronic condition.
Additionally, if you have been suffering from TMJ disorder for an extended period of time, Dr. Rink can perform tooth restoration with dental crowns, dental implants, or dentures to repair any damage caused by excessive clenching or grinding.
Dr. Rink offers custom-designed bite splints (a type of mouth guard) to promote optimal jaw alignment and reduce the amount of pressure exerted on the TMJs. Bite splints are created from an impression of your teeth for a precise fit, and can be fixed in place or removable. Removable splints are generally worn only at night. Splints are made of a clear, comfortable plastic and will not interfere with previous dental work that you have had done. In fact, splints can protect cosmetic investments, like porcelain veneers, which can be damaged by excessive grinding.