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TMJ Symptoms? Treatment Options Available, Marietta

TMJ Symptoms? Treatment Options Available

the patient holds a model of the jaw in his hands

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, or TMD/TMJD, is a painful condition that causes jaw pain, headaches, joint stiffness, and difficulty eating. But TMJ treatment is often misunderstood. The good news is that experts agree most effective TMJ therapies should be non-surgical in nature.

At Dental Care Center at Kennestone, our Marietta dentist offers effective TMJ pain relief without invasive therapies.

Understand Why Your TMJ Hurts

The first step in treating TMJ pain symptoms is understanding your triggers. Why does your jaw hurt? Are you grinding your teeth at night? Clenching during the day because of work-related stress? Are your teeth misaligned, causing you to adjust the way you’re chewing during every meal? Or perhaps you ate firmer food that required heavy chewing, such as beef jerky.

Being aware of what’s inducing your TMJ pain is the first step in treating (or managing) symptoms.

Bite Splints and Mouthguards

One of the most effective ways to manage TMJ symptoms is with a professionally-fitted oral appliance, such as a mouthguard or splint. These dental prosthetics naturally place your jaw into a resting position, preventing the joint from engaging and straining the muscles around it. In turn, your TMJ pain dissipates because your joint isn’t overworking itself.

Effective oral appliances for TMJ need to be fitted by your Marietta dentist. Otherwise, you could be doing more harm than good. In some situations, symptoms could actually get worse. But with the right splint, you’ll see results in just a few days.

Non-Surgical TMJ Treatment in Marietta

Are you experiencing TMJ pain, headaches, or clicking/popping when you open and close your mouth? Contact Dental Care Center at Kennestone today to reserve an exam with our Marietta dentist.

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Our Client Reviews

Dental Care Center at Kennestone

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 247 reviews

  • I absolutely love this dental experience. I used to dread having to make dental trips but since finding this office 4 years ago that took the dread away. From making the appointment, to visiting with the office staff. It's great. The Hygienist is very friendly. But that Dr. O,
    she is a ray of sunshine. Perfect bedside manner, concerning, caring, helpful, and so very positive. I do not have dental insurance and could go somewhere else that may be a tad cheaper but I wouldn't trade this dental office for the world. They feel more like family. Give them a try you won't regret it!

    Angie W.
  • I am very happy I came to this dental office! I tend to avoid going to the dentist because of past experiences, but my visit today was 10/10!! The dental hygienist, Kelly, and Dr. Buffington were so nice and thorough. I highly recommend! So happy I found a good and nice dental office finally!! :)

  • Always a great experience when I come in for cleanings or any work that has to be done. Special thanks to my hygienist Kelli for a good cleaning today and making me feel comfortable. Dr. Buffington is also terrific and very attentive. The entire staff will make you feel welcome and comfortable.

    Mark P.
  • I have been a patient here for many years. I’ve always had positive experiences. I especially like the Dental Hygenist “Callie”. She is just the best, always smiling and cheerful, just what you need at the Dentist. She is very experienced and I’ve learned a lot from her. All the Staff is very nice and polite and Dr Buffington is great also. I’ve had a lot of dental work done by her and never had a problem. She is very gentle and painless too!

    Nancy M.
  • The dentist, Dr. Buffington, hygienist, and staff were professional and efficient. Dr. Buffington provided an excellent explanation to my question so that I understood the situation. High recommend this dental practice.

    Don S.
  • Dr. Buffington has to be the kindest, most patient dentist in the world. The staff is amazingly attentive, non-judgemental and offers a very comforting experience. I appreciate how patient they are with me, a 44-year old that still cries and would rather give birth (without medication) than have dental work. I hope you catch my drift😉

    Adriennes B.
  • I really like Dr. Buffington. She gave me a plan that gives me hope about a TMJ issue. Everyone on the staff was professional and seemed genuinely caring. I would highly recommend the office.

    It’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and they don’t try to sell you on things you don’t need.

    Donna D.
  • I highly recommend this dental practice. They took prompt and amazing care of me to address a TMJ episode. Dr. Buffington and all employees I encountered were professional, friendly, caring and knowledgeable. They set me on the path of recovery and have earned my respect and business going forward. How refreshing to engage with a business that truly understands customer service.

    Ronni P.