TMJ Therapy in Atlanta
Do you ever wake up with a headache or sore jaw? The source of your pain may be related to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder (TMD), an all-too-common problem for thousands of people. Not only can TMJ disorder make everyday activities like eating and speaking difficult, it can also cause a number of oral health problems.
If you suffer from TMJ disorder, Atlanta Smiles & Wellness can help you find relief. We will work with you to find the right solution so you can speak, chew, laugh and smile with ease again.
Causes of TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder is the result of chronic stress on the TMJ. Causes of excessive stress on the TMJ include:
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Teeth and/or jaw clenching
- A misaligned bite
- Missing teeth
- Broken or otherwise damaged teeth
- Previous dental work
- Trauma or injury to the teeth or jaw
- Inflammation caused by certain illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Jaw pain or feeling of stiffness in your jaw
- Jaw clicking, popping or grating sounds when opening your mouth
- Jaw locking when opening your mouth
- Misaligned bite (when your teeth don’t meet up properly when you bite)
- Frequent headaches and/or neck aches
- Ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
- Difficulty chewing
- Hearing problems
- Broken, worn or damaged teeth (due to bite problems)
- Swelling on the side of your face
- Sinus pain
At Atlanta Smiles & Wellness, we don’t believe in a “one-size-fits-all” approach. We take each patient’s unique needs and specifications into consideration when creating their individualized treatment plan. Following a thorough examination of your jaw and teeth, as well as your symptoms, our team can make recommendations on which treatment option is best suited for your needs. Treatment options include:
A custom-fabricated dental appliance (similar to a mouth guard) that is worn over the teeth to prevent teeth clenching and grinding at night (or day, if necessary). The Occlusal Guard helps prevent serious damage caused by teeth grinding and clenching, and can relieve TMJ disorder symptoms.
Designed to improve (and even eliminate) snoring, this dental appliance aligns the jaw in a comfortable forward position to keep the airway passage clear. The Snore Guard can also be used to relieve TMJ pain caused by teeth grinding and clenching.
NTI splint therapy
The NTI splint is a small device worn over the front teeth, preventing contact between the upper and lower back teeth. Removable and non-invasive, the NTI splint can be worn both day and night, and is another excellent option for patients who experience headaches, earaches, neck aches and other TMJ disorder pain due to teeth grinding and clenching.
If you believe your source of pain is related to TMJ disorder, we encourage you to seek help. Our TMJ specialists are fully equipped with the training, experience, diagnostic and treatment tools to find a solution suited to meet your personal needs. To learn more about TMJ or the treatments we offer, please schedule an appointment with Atlanta Smiles & Wellness. Call (404) 262-7733 and speak with one our dental professionals today.