TMJ Therapy An Overview
If you have TMJ related problems, let us know at your next dental visit. We can help diagnose the source of the issue and recommend a treatment plan to help you manage and treat your TMJ disorder. We will coordinate your personalized treatment with a local TMJ specialist.
There is no single course of treatment for TMJ disorders. TMJ treatment depends entirely on the patient. In many cases, we can carry out the treatment plan in our office using oral appliances and restorative dental techniques to bring your bite into harmony.
Our dentists also work with patients of other dentists to coordinate TMJ treatment plans. If you are seeing another dentist and want a second opinion on your TMJ Disorder, please call our office for a consultation. Our Buford, GA dentists will perform a comprehensive evaluation to identify signs of instability in your jaw joints, soft tissue and muscles.
About TMJ Disorder
There are few true “experts” in the field of TMJ Disorders, which is a complex group of conditions surrounding jaw joint instability and fit of the bite. Our dentists’ experience in the field of restorative dentistry, combined with their training in the discipline of “functional occlusion” from the Dawson Academy, gives them a deep understanding of how your teeth, jaw joints and muscles work together. When one or more aspects of the occlusion are out of sync, it can create a host of problems including frequent morning headaches, locked jaw, limited mobility in the mouth and other conditions.
Our dentists are also able to refer patients with more serious TMJ issues to a local and trusted TMJ specialist.
Signs & Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
Because of the complexity of TMJ disorders, causes and symptoms vary greatly from one patient to another. There are a number of factors that can contribute to TMJ disorders. Most commonly, the source of TMJ Disorder is trauma to the head. Common signs or symptoms that many patients share include:
- Teeth grinding
- Chronic headaches, particularly in the morning
- Pain in the face, neck, or shoulders
- Popping or clicking in the jaw joints
- Tooth wear
- Unexplained earaches