One of the most debilitating dental concerns that our Fayette County patients deal with is jaw pain. Jaw pain, or a TMJ disorder, is often caused by an issue with the temporomandibular joint of your jaw. This pain can become very distracting for patients and take a toll on their personal and professional lives.
To help patients with TMJ disorder, Linton Dental offers comprehensive TMJ treatment solutions. We will examine your dental health to determine what could be causing your TMJ disorder and do everything we can to help you manage your symptoms and restore your peace-of-mind.
TMJ Treatment in Peachtree, GA
Dr. Brian Linton and Dr. Ed Davis are your trusted restorative dentists in Peachtree, GA. For patients who experience frequent jaw pain or discomfort, Dr. Linton and Dr. Davis provide TMJ treatment.
TMJ treatment involves a thorough evaluation of your dental health to determine what the underlying cause of your jaw pain is. From there, we come up with a plan that is customized to meet your needs and manage your symptoms.
Here are some common questions we get regarding TMJ Treatment:
What are the symptoms of a TMJ disorder?
Beyond chronic jaw pain, patients with a TMJ disorder may experience a variety of symptoms including tension headaches, popping or clicking noises when they open or close their mouths, earaches, facial soreness, and unexplained tooth damage.
These symptoms can make it very hard to function during day-to-day tasks and may flare up when the patient is under high amounts of stress.
Why would a missing tooth cause jaw pain?
Anything that throws off your bite pattern can potentially be the source of your jaw pain. Missing teeth are especially common to cause jaw pain because your surrounding teeth are put under additional pressure in preforming daily tasks.
The harder your mouth muscles have to work to chew or speak on a daily basis, the more likely you are to hold tension in your jawbone. To treat missing teeth, we offer dental implants and dental bridges.
I have a history of grinding my teeth. Would this be the cause of my TMJ disorder?
Teeth grinding is a common source of many patients’ TMJ disorders. The additional strain caused by the unconscious teeth grinding can make you wake up with a sore jaw before you’ve even started your day. To help treat teeth grinding, Dr. Linton and Dr. Davis can provide a custom mouthguard that you will wear at night.
This mouthguard protects your teeth while you sleep while also holding your jaw in a healthier resting position so that when you wake up, there will not be this added tension in your jawbone.
What can I do at home to treat my TMJ symptoms?
Beyond seeking professional help, we suggest practicing mindfulness at home. Take several breaks while you are working or under high stress to relax your facial muscles and stretch your jaw around.
Avoid chewing gum or snacking on overtly chewy snacks throughout the day as this will only overwork your jawbone and add unnecessary tension. A cold compress to your jawbone can help reduce any swelling that occurs.