Dr. Ben Lambeth, DDS & Dr. Megumi Lambeth, DDS

310 East Main St., Suite 335 | Carrboro, NC 27510

Important information regarding COVID-19

TMJ Treatment in Carrboro, NC

Do you frequently wake up with jaw pain or notice that it’s harder to chew crunchy foods? You may have TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder. The TMJ is the joint that connects the top of the jaw to the skull, and when patients clench their teeth at night, they can put a lot of pressure on this joint and cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. Milltown Family Dentistry is here to help you reduce and relieve your TMJ symptoms and get back to sleeping peacefully. Contact our office today!

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What are the symptoms of TMJ?

TMJ is characterized by jaw pain and stiffness, but there are a few other symptoms to watch out for if you believe that you may have TMJ:

  • Pain or Soreness in Face or Jaw
  • Headaches or Earaches
  • Difficulty Chewing or Opening Mouth
  • Jaw Clicking or Popping
  • Neck and Back Tension

How is TMJ treated?

TMJ can often be triggered by stress, so finding healthy ways to relieve stress can be beneficial. There are also jaw exercises that can be done to relax the muscles and stretch them out. In severe cases, especially when TMJ has gone untreated for a long time, surgery can be required. Milltown Family Dentistry creates custom night guards for patients suffering from TMJ that hold the jaw in a comfortable position during the night that prevents the teeth from clenching together. Simply wearing a night guard every night can really protect the teeth and jaw and relieve TMJ symptoms.

How are custom night guards for TMJ created?

To create a night guard with a custom fit, our team will have to take impressions of your smile. These measurements are then used to make a mold of your teeth, and the mold is used to create the night guard. Once your night guard arrives from the lab, usually in a week or two, we will have you come in and try it on. This appointment is important, because if the night guard is uneven on either side, the patient may find that they begin clenching on one side and not the other. Once we have made any necessary modifications and ensured that your night guard fits well, you will be free to take it home with you and begin wearing it right away!

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To Our Valued Patients:
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and we are looking forward to seeing you all again soon. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it's both safe and comfortable.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to ensure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agency's recommendations.

We are excited to fully OPEN for patient care again on May 20th. There will be several modifications to our protocol as we transition. You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and team. For example:

  1. You will be screened beforehand (via telephone) and again when you arrive for your appointment. If you have missed an appointment during the recent closure, we will be reaching out to you to reschedule. Please be patient as it may take time to address the current backlog.
  2. We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  3. Our waiting area has been modified to eliminate unnecessary items at risk for cross-contamination, such as magazines and our beverage station. An air purifier has also been installed, as well as in every operatory.
  4. Since appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients, you may be offered fewer options for appointments.
  5. We plan to allow more time between appointments to reduce traffic. Please check-in from your car via phone and wait in your car until you are called, at which point you will be taken directly to your treatment room. We also ask that adults consider coming to appointments alone. For children, we ask that only one adult come with them to their appointment.
  6. We have worked diligently to abide by all current and updated PPE (personal protective equipment) standards per the recommendations of the ADA, CDC, and OSHA. You may recognize these changes during interactions with staff.
  7. In keeping with these recommendations, all patients and family members are asked to wear a mask/face covering to all office visits. Unfortunately, we do not have the extra PPE to supply our patients, so please bring your own.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call 919-590-5450 or visit our contact page. Thank you for your cooperation!

Dr. Ben and Megumi Lambeth