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TMJ Treatment Woodstock GA

TMJ Treatment Atlanta, Marietta, RoswellAll About the Temporomandibular Joint

Sometimes structural deformities in the jawbone or joints can cause problems with eating, speaking, and laughing. As leading full-service dental practices, it is the mission of Towne Lake Family Dentistry to provide diagnostics and treatment services for problems such as TMJ disorder - a dysfunction of the joint that connects the jaw to the head. One of the manifestations of TMJ disorder is disharmony in the way the upper and lower teeth come together. If you are seeking TMJ treatment in Woodstock, GA, Marietta or Roswell, consider emailing Dr. Ray H. Morgan, Jr. and his team today!

What is the Temporomandibular Joint?

The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone on the side of the head. You can feel the joints if you place your fingers in front of your ears and open your mouth. Muscles attached to and surrounding the temporomandibular joint control jaw position and movement, allowing us to speak, chew, and yawn.

What are TMJ Disorders?

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles. Though experts may debate the cause of TMJ disorders, there is some speculation and research showing that TMJ disorders are caused by excessive teeth grinding (called bruxism), stress, arthritis, dislocation, injury, or problems with the bite.

Symptoms include:

  • pain in the face, jaw, and neck
  • stiffness in the jaw muscle
  • locking of the jaw
  • tension headaches
  • vertigo (dizziness)
  • ringing in the ears
  • hearing difficulties
  • stuffiness in the ears
  • light sensitivity
  • difficulty chewing
  • painful clicking, popping, or grating when opening or closing the mouth
  • deviation of the jaw when opening or closing the mouth

Our dental team provides diagnostic testing before offering treatment solutions.

How are TMJ Disorders Treated?

There are several different treatments for TMJ disorders, including oral appliances (like stabilization splints), orthodontics, medication, and surgery. We will typically start with the most conservative, reversible TMJ treatment options; if symptoms do not improve, we will then consider permanent options. For example, we might start by recommending some gentle jaw stretching and relaxing exercises, as well as a diet composed of primarily soft foods. Medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen and ice packs may be used to alleviate facial pain or discomfort. If these measures do not work, stabilization splints or bite guards are employed. Intended to prevent bruxism, stabilization splints should be fitted properly, and if pain persists or increases, their use should be discontinued.

Though the Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved it for the treatment of TMJ disorders, BOTOX® Cosmetic (botulinum toxin type A) and its effect on the jaw muscles and nerves is being researched.

Contact Us for TMJ Treatment

If you are experiencing jaw pain that you believe is related to a TMJ disorder, contact our Woodstock, GA dental practice to explore treatment options. Dr. Ray H. Morgan, Jr., and his associates can help diagnose and treat the problem, alleviating your discomfort.

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