TMJ Treatment

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues can lead to uncomfortable symptoms, including inflammation, facial pain, jaw pain, and headaches.

At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in Charlotte, NC, our dentists offer TMJ treatment to alleviate painful jaw joint issues.

Learn how Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt can address the symptoms of TMJ disorders.

What Exactly Is TMJ Disorder?

When researching causes of a painful jaw, you may have come across terms such as temporomandibular disorders, TMD, and TMJ disorders, and wondered what the difference is between these seemingly similar phrases. 

The answer is they all refer to dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint in the jaw. In other words, the hinge joints on either side of the jaw that allow you to open and close your mouth.

Illustration of the TMJ and its components

You Can Alleviate the Dangers of TMD by Seeking TMJ Treatment

There's no better time than the present to seek TMD care. If you're hesitant about needing assistance from our dentists, it can help to know exactly what we can prevent, including:

Broken Teeth

Unfortunately, the consistent force exerted on your teeth by regular clenching can actually lead to breakage. From cracks to chips, the solutions can be stressful and costly. With treatment, though, they're entirely preventable.

Worn Teeth

When patients come in for cleanings, we can often tell if they have a TMD due to the wear on their enamel. Fortunately, TMJ disorder is treatable — and our team is here to help you, not judge you.

Root Canal Infections

Did you know that bruxism from TMJ dysfunction can eventually require root canal therapy? That's because the structural trauma that it creates can also lead to an infection within the pulp of your tooth.

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Address Painful TMJ Dysfunction

By Requesting an Appointment

Are you ready to take your life back from the chronic pain associated with TMJ dysfunction? Our caring dentists can offer treatment options to realign your bite in order to help reduce inflammation in your temporomandibular joint and improve the function of your jaw. If you have had enough of the annoying and painful symptoms of TMD, the team at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney is here to help.

To learn more or to seek TMD treatment at our Charlotte dental office serving Ballantyne and Gastonia, NC, you can send us an email, request an appointment, or give us a call at:

(704) 543-1102

No Matter the Treatment They Need Charlotte Patients Trust Us


Hartmut Bendfeldt

Charlotte, NC


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Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney has been my dental office for years. This is a great dentist office with friendly staff. Whether it is a routine exam, quarterly cleaning, a crown or an implant they always provide great work.

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William Lowery

Charlotte, NC


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Always outstanding service and people!! My family and I have used several different Dentists over the years… Advanced Dentistry is absolutely the best we have had! We have been with them almost 10 years now!

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A Real Patient With Bruxism Describes His Experience

If you're hesitant to seek TMD treatment, let Dan put you at ease. He's a real patient at our Charlotte practice. After hearing about our welcoming, friendly environment from his daughter, who is a member of our team, he decided to make an appointment. Seeking help from our dentists truly revitalized his confidence, his appearance, and his oral health.

We Truly Care About All of Our Patients

"Hands down, the most comfortable I've ever felt at a dentist office. I came in with lots of anxiety and fear,  knowing I have a lot of work that needs to be done. They immediately made me feel safe, comfortable, and did not shame me for how my teeth looked! We quickly came up with a plan and I left feeling super confident and excited to come back and get started! He even took my anxiety into consideration...I highly recommend." Whitney Meacham
Charlotte, NC

Visit a Team

That Treats TMJ Disorder and Its Side Effects

When you visit Dr. Pinnix and Dr. Betancourt, you aren't just seeing dentists who can alleviate your temporomandibular disorder. You're also choosing a team that can directly address the root cause and consequences of temporomandibular joint problems like dental damage. Causes range from arthritis to an imbalanced bite so we'll take our time to correctly diagnose the issue.

Regarding the effects, we can conceal worn enamel and chips with options like dental bonding or veneers. Or, if you need more comprehensive aesthetic help, we can plan a smile makeover. For patients concerned with the structure or integrity of their teeth, we can also place a crown or recommend other restorative treatments.

In other words: even if you do have damage from TMJ problems, you've found a team that can address both the cause and the symptoms.

Contact our Charlotte office, serving Ballantyne and Gastonia, to learn more or call

(704) 543-1102

TMJ Dysfunction Treatment

The good news is that TMJ issues can be effectively treated. Addressing TMD at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney is relatively straightforward and can usually be completed in a single appointment at our Charlotte office serving Ballantyne and Gastonia, NC. TMJ treatment generally includes:
Relief from TMD is within reach. Plus, treatment is often eligible for at least partial coverage from insurance.
Relief from TMD is within reach. Plus, treatment is often eligible for at least partial coverage from insurance.


During your initial consultation, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will discuss your symptoms and how long you have experienced issues, review your medical history, and evaluate your bite.

Digital X-Rays & 3-D Imaging

Using our advanced 3-D Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT) system, our doctors will take detailed images of the tissue around your jaw to determine the extent of damage to your TMJ. Along with digital X-rays, these images will provide our dentists with the information they need to properly determine the best treatment option for your particular case.


The treatment method selected to best address your TMD will be custom-tailored to your unique needs. Generally, TMD is treated with an occlusal splint or a night guard. In cases of TMD caused by a dental misalignment, Invisalign® may be recommended to help realign your bite.

From Ballantyne to Gastonia, NC Visitors Appreciate Our Patient-First Approach


Andrea Daley

Charlotte, NC


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Best dental consult I have had. Really appreciated Dr. Betancourt’s approach to patient care and the staff was very friendly and communicative as well.

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Sandra Riccaldo

Charlotte, NC


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Always on time, everyone has great personalities and superior knowledge of dentistry! Would not let anyone else touch my mouth.

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Dr. Pinnix and Dr. Betancourt

Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, our goal is to enhance your quality of life through dentistry. Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt are proud to be associated with a range of prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • International College of Oral Implantologists
  • Spear Study Club
  • Charlotte Dental Society
  • Invisalign® Certified Provider

For more information about our services, contact our Charlotte office online or call (704) 543-1102.

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