Temporomandibular joint disorders, TMD or TMJ, involve the jaw joint and supporting muscles that are used in chewing and jaw movement. These disorders can be caused from misalignment of the teeth, excess pressure on the jaw and other factors. If you have been diagnosed with TMJ or think you may have a jaw joint disorder, our dental experts at Dental Care Center at Kennestone can help. We offer general dental treatment for TMJ/TMD at our office in Marietta.
Temporomandibular joint disorders have many different symptoms. Most commonly, jaw pain and a popping or clicking noise when moving the jaw is present. However, some symptoms are easily misdiagnosed as other issues. TMD can cause headaches, earaches and facial pain that may not seem related to the jaw. If you have TMJ, you may have constant pain or dysfunction in the jaw until you receive treatment.
Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief
To treat TMJ or TMD, our dentist will examine your bite, teeth and jaw joint for issues. A missing tooth or misalignment of the bite can put stress on the jaw joint. Conditions like bruxism, or teeth grinding, can also lead to jaw joint problems. Treatments to relieve jaw pain from TMJ may include replacing missing teeth with restorative options, orthodontics or wearing a nightguard. Nightguards are the most affordable treatment, repositioning your jaw while you sleep to offer relief from jaw pain.
The treatment you need will depend on what is causing the stress on your jaw joint. Our dentist will discuss the treatment options and recommendations to help you overcome the pain and discomfort of TMJ.
You do not need to live with jaw or facial pain caused by TMJ or TMD. Contact Dental Care Center at Kennestone today to schedule an exam to determine the best treatment for your jaw joint disorder. We accept most dental insurance plans and have financing and payment options.