The temporomandibular joint, abbreviated as TMJ, serves as the crucial connection point between your lower jaw and the rest of your head. Frequently, the term “TMJ” is utilized to describe a condition known as TMJ disorder or TMD. TMD arises when the TMJ undergoes excessive stress, incurs injury or experiences misalignment. Several factors can contribute to the development of TMJ disorder, including stress, bruxism (the grinding and clenching of teeth), arthritis affecting the TMJ, or trauma and injury to the head, neck or jaw.
Individuals suffering from TMD often endure persistent jaw and facial pain. Additionally, TMJ disorders can manifest through:
- Audible grinding, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw when opening and closing the mouth
- Difficulty in fully opening the mouth for tasks like speaking, yawning, or chewing
- A jaw that becomes locked or stuck
- Pain while biting or chewing
- Discomfort extending to the neck, shoulders or ears
- Frequent headaches
Our experienced dentist will work with you to identify the root cause of your TMJ disorder and recommend the most suitable treatment. The specific treatment approach for your TMJ disorder hinges on the underlying cause and the severity of the disorder. TMD treatment options include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, physical therapy, lifestyle modifications, restorative dental procedures, the use of a mouth guard or night guard, or in some cases, surgical intervention.
To learn more about TMJ treatment in Atlanta, Georgia, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Shelly Mixson, call Gentle Smiles Dental today at 770-455-6602. Your path to relief from TMJ-related discomfort starts here.]