TMJ in Chapel Hill, NC

Plagued by painful and inconvenient TMJ problems?

Overcome jaw pain, headaches, and more with state-of-the-art TMJ treatment!

TMJ disorders are inconvenient and uncomfortable; if left untreated they can also be damaging for patients' smiles.

"TMJ stands for "temporomandibular joint. Your temporomandibular joints connect your lower jaw to your skull. We are able to chew, speak, and emote thanks to our temporomandibular joints!

When your TMJ is healthy, you're able to move your jaw easily and without discomfort. In a healthy TMJ, the articular disk of the joint absorbs the pressure that is created when the condylar head of the joint moves.

Unfortunately, sometimes the articular disks, muscles, ligaments, or bones of TMJs become damaged or misaligned. When this occurs, we refer to it as "TMD, or "temporomandibular disorder. If this happens to you, you may notice:

  • Pain and soreness around your TMJ
  • A popping/clicking sensation when you move your jaw
  • Limited jaw mobility—some TMJ sufferers cannot open their mouths all the way
  • Headaches or earaches
  • Dental grinding—you may grind your teeth back and forth because your top and bottom teeth do not fit together comfortably

The good news is that Dr. Hourigan provides evaluation and treatment for common TMJ problems. Customized occlusal mouth guards can minimize the pressure on your temporomandibular joints and help to protect your maxillofacial structure as well as your teeth.

Why do people choose Chapel Hill dentist, Dr. Hourigan, for TMJ treatment?

Personalized Solutions

There are no one-size-fit-all treatments in our office—we customize TMJ treatments to suit  specific patients' needs. We'll help you find a treatment option depending on the underlying cause of your TMD:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Improperly angled front teeth
  • Uneven molar biting surfaces
  • Overbite/underbite/crossbite
  • Jaw injury
Patient-Friendly Treatment

Dr. Hourigan treats TMD using customized occlusal mouth guards that are simple to take in and out and comfortable once in place. Depending on the root cause of your TMD, you may also benefit from treatments that refine your tooth alignment and chewing surfaces.

Accessible Care

We believe that everyone deserves to have a comfortable, healthy smile. That is why we work so hard to keep TMD treatment accessible for all kinds of dental patients. We accept CareCredit and submit your insurance claims; we also offer in-office financing, for your convenience.