Do you wake up with headaches in the morning? Is your jaw sore after working all day? These may be signs of TMD. TMD can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms that can be truly debilitating when severe. By seeking TMJ treatment when symptoms are mild, Mountain View Dental can help you avoid major pain and damage to your jaw and teeth. We take pride in serving the areas of Kennesaw, Marietta, Woodstock and Acworth, GA.
We have answered some common TMJ treatment related questions below; please feel free to contact us with any additional concerns.
What is TMD? What are the symptoms?
TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is characterized by any number of malfunctions associated with the temporomandibular joint (jaw joint or TMJ). These malfunctions can manifest in a variety of ways and can be caused by any kind of stress or injury to the jaw joint. If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from TMD.
- Jaw pain
- Neck pain
- Facial pain
- Popping or clicking when chewing
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend seeking treatment for TMD. Our team will be happy to examine your situation and help you determine the best course of action for you.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism is the grinding or clenching of the teeth unknowingly. This often happens while the patient is asleep or working. Bruxism can cause stress to the jaw joint (resulting in TMD-like symptoms) and can be harmful to your teeth! Bruxism, unlike TMD, is neurologically based (TMD typically has physiological origins) and is typically only managed, not truly cured. However, our team in Acworth, GA can help you avoid pain and damage due to bruxism. Learn more about our TMJ treatment options below.
How are these TMJ and bruxism problems treated?
For treating TMD and bruxism, we may recommend a mouthguard. These mouthguards are designed to temporarily reposition the jaw to decrease stress on the jaw joint. They can also be designed to protect the teeth near the back of the mouth from damage due to teeth grinding. Mouthguards are an effective way to alleviate TMD and bruxism pain and prevent further damage.
How can I make an appointment?
If you think you may be suffering from TMD, please seek help right away. You don’t have to live with the discomfort! Contact our team in Acworth, GA directly to make an appointment for TMJ Treatment. We can be reached by dialing 770-429-8989 or by using our online contact form to send us an email message. To use the form, simply fill it out, click submit, and a member of our team will get back with you as soon as possible.
Regardless of which method of contact your choose, we will be happy to help you find an appropriate date and time for your visit. Relief can be yours … all you have to do is seek treatment. We look forward to helping you return to a pain-free life.