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In recent years, TMJ diagnoses have increased in the United States. TMJ disorder is a condition caused by dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint that leads to pain and decreased oral function.
This condition makes everyday activities like eating and speaking harder and can even lead to several other oral health problems. Pain is not normal, and you do not need to suffer.
If you experience unexplained jaw pain or headaches, especially when you wake up, Atlanta Smiles can help. We offer proper diagnosis and treatment for TMJ disorder with proven and effective TMJ therapy.
The injury or inflammation in the temporomandibular joint impact the jaw muscles and nerves leads to TMJ disorder. The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone and the skull, and it allows the jaw to move when people talk, yawn, or make another jaw movement.
TMJ therapy addresses pain and functional loss or limitation of the jaw. We develop a customized treatment plan designed to improve your quality of life, restore normal function, and prevent other oral health issues.
TMJ disorder occurs in patients with chronic stress in the temporomandibular joint. The stress leads to pain and other symptoms that disrupt normal jaw function. We aim to address the core cause of TMJ disorder to help you find lasting healing.
Leading Factors for TMJ Disorder
Frequently, patients experience symptoms that may seem unrelated, like headaches and popping in the jaw joint. TMJ symptoms may occur for years before a patient experiences symptoms severe enough to seek help.
If you experience TMJ symptoms that cause discomfort and disrupt your daily life, contact Atlanta Smiles.
TMJ symptoms are often similar to symptoms for other conditions, such as arthritis or gum disease. It’s essential to receive an accurate diagnosis for TMJ disorder to develop an effective treatment plan.
To identify the source of your pain, we conduct a physical exam of your jaw joint, mouth and teeth. We look for tenderness, swelling, and limited range of motion in the jaw. We also listen for clicks, pops, or grating sounds when the jaw moves. We may recommend x-rays or other scans as part of the diagnosis.
Once we confirm the TMJ diagnosis, we develop a detailed treatment plan to address your specific condition.
At Atlanta Smiles, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we consider your unique needs and specifications when creating an individualized treatment plan. Your treatment plan will identify the best methods to address your specific symptoms, improve your quality of life, and restore comfort with improved jaw mobility. We may also recommend physical therapy to aid in your overall treatment.
An occlusal guard is a custom-made dental appliance, like a mouth guard, that patients wear over the teeth to prevent teeth clenching and grinding that usually occur at night. The guard helps prevent severe damage caused by teeth grinding and clenching and relieves TMJ disorder symptoms.
The snore guard is designed to improve and even eliminate snoring. The snore guard aligns the jaw in a comfortable forward position to keep the airway passage clear. It also alleviates TMJ pain caused by teeth grinding and clenching.
The NTI splint is a small device worn over the front teeth to prevent contact between the upper and lower back teeth. The guard is removable, non-invasive, and patients can wear it during both the day and night. It provides excellent results for patients who experience headaches, earaches, neck aches, and other problems associated with TMJ disorder.
Our primary goals from TMJ therapy are pain relief and restored function. Once we identify the source of your pain, we develop an optimal treatment plan to achieve healing.
TMJ therapy offers many benefits for patients suffering from pain related to TMJ disorder.
Patients of all ages can experience TMJ symptoms. Children and adults who suffer from TMJ disorder can benefit from TMJ therapy. TMJ therapy offers a solution for you if you have unexplained headaches, jaw pain, limited range of motion in the jaw, or other symptoms.
We also offer pediatric dentistry specialized to address the specific needs of our younger patients. If your child has TMJ disorder symptoms, our team provides compassionate care designed to help your child feel comfortable and confident while receiving treatment.
Our team has the experience and training to offer effective diagnosis and treatment. Work with our team of trusted dental professionals to receive the highest quality of care.
For over 30 years, Atlanta Smiles has provided trusted dentistry services for patients throughout the Atlanta area. If you suffer from jaw pain, headaches, limited jaw mobility, popping or clicking in your jaw, or other TMJ disorder symptoms, we are here to help.
We want you to enjoy your life confidently. That begins with resolving pain and investing in your health and wellness. TMJ therapy works to restore your quality of life.
Contact Atlanta Smiles today to schedule an initial consultation or to learn more about TMJ therapy.