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Professional TMJ / TMD Treatment in Buford

TMJ / TMD Solutions for a Healthier Smile

If you’re suffering from chronic headaches or frequent jaw pain, you could be dealing with TMJ/TMD. This disorder can hinder your ability to speak and chew normally as well as damage your smile. At Smile Moore Dentistry in Buford, GA, our professional TMJ/TMD treatment can effectively treat your symptoms and help you feel better.

This video provides an overview of the causes, symptoms and consequences of temporomandibular joint disorder.

What Is TMJ / TMD?

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also known as TMJ or TMD, is a malfunction of the temporomandibular joint. This joint connects your lower jaw to the upper portion of your skull. It allows you to open your mouth and perform actions like talking and chewing. TMJ/TMD can cause pain, swelling, and uneven or excessive wear on your teeth. If left unchecked, TMJ/TMD can also lead to a locked jaw and cracked or chipped teeth. Symptoms may include chronic headaches, pain and stiffness in your jaw, neck, or shoulders, jaw clicking, popping, or grating, the inability to fully open your mouth, and even ringing in your ears.

The Causes of TMJ / TMD

The exact cause of TMJ/TMD may vary depending on your environment, lifestyle, and pre-existing health status. Excessive or chronic stress tends to be one of the most common causes of TMJ/TMD. Chronic tension can lead to bruxism (teeth grinding at night), which applies undue force on your temporomandibular joints. TMJ/TMD can also develop if your jaw joint has been affected by arthritis or damaged by an impact.

Treatments for TMJ / TMD

If you have been diagnosed with TMJ/TMD, there are several ways you can relieve your symptoms and protect your smile from fractures or cracks. Your dentist can help you choose the ideal course of TMJ treatment for your needs.

  • Resistance training: This method consists of performing exercises that are designed to strengthen the muscles around your temporomandibular joint. They work by exercising the ligaments using external resistance. Resistance training is essentially physical therapy for your jaw.
  • Flexibility exercises: Just like you would stretch out a cramped hamstring muscle to reduce soreness and tension, you can also stretch the temporomandibular joint. These exercises improve the flexibility and range of motion in your jaw. They can also decrease tension in the surrounding muscles and joints.
  • Relaxation techniques: A way to alleviate stress is to regularly practice relaxation techniques. These exercises will help your muscles to relax, reducing the tension and pain that may be contributing to your symptoms.
  • Mouthguards or night guards: If your jaw is frequently clenched due to TMJ/TMD, you can wear a customized mouth guard or night guard while you sleep to protect your teeth.

Contact Smile Moore Dentistry

Reduce your pain and smile more easily with our professional TMJ/TMD treatment at Smile Moore Dentistry. For more information about our oral health services or to schedule an appointment, call our Buford office at 770-945-5369 or send us a message on our website.