TMJ Treatment in Kennesaw GA
TMJ Disorder is a Pain in the Head
- Chronic headaches or migraine-type headaches?
- Tight and sore jaw?
- Clicking sound in your jaw?
- Neck, ear, or sinus pain?
- Jaw joint pain or locking?
- Discomfort while chewing?
Talk to your dentist!
Headaches and facial pain often originate from problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns or let your hygienist know about this issue during your next routine visit.
What is TMJ?
The TMJ is the joint that acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. This joint controls your jaw movement, allowing you to speak, chew, and smile normally. People often experience pain in their TMJ, caused by problems with your jaw, facial muscles, and joints.
Common Causes of TMJ disorder
Teeth grinding (bruxism) or clenching
Damage caused by a blow or other impact
Stress & TMJ Pain
When you’re stressed, you’re more likely to grind and clench your teeth. This condition (known as bruxism) causes excessive strain on your teeth, ligaments, and jaw muscles.
Many people have been feeling a lot more stressed and anxious lately. As soon as you begin to notice tightness in your jaw, let your dental team know. We specialize in TMJ treatment in Kennesaw and will make a plan to help you keep your jaw relaxed.
Put an End to Jaw Pain
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At-home Exercises to Relax Your Jaw
- Jaw massage – Use your fingers to slowly massage your jaw joints with a circular motion.
- Side-to-side stretch – With a closed mouth, slowly move your jaw to one side and then the other without moving your head or neck.
- Resisted opening – Slowly open your mouth while placing a thumb under your chin and pushing gently to resist the movement.
- Tongue-to-roof – Touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth while slowly opening and closing your mouth.
TMJ Treatment at Hildreth Dental
During your routine dental cleanings and exams, we’ll ask you questions and check your jaw range of motion to ensure the health of your TMJ.
If we diagnose an issue or you start to experience TMJ disorder between visits, we’ll create a custom treatment plan just for you.
Treating TMJ may involve:
- TMJ Splint — Custom-made mouth guard to reposition your jaw to a more favorable and comfortable position so that the jaw muscles can relax and alleviate pain.
- Botox — Helps relax tense jaw muscles and alleviate pain
- Invisalign — If a bite issue is the cause of your TMJ pain, we may recommend Invisalign to fix the alignment of your jaw.
- Dental implants — if missing teeth have caused misalignment, tooth replacement may be recommended.
- Full-mouth reconstruction — If the teeth have been severely worn-down and broken, it may be necessary to restore the teeth back to a healthy shape and size allowing for pain-free function.
In some cases, we may refer you to a physical therapist or recommend lifestyle changes.
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