Do you wake up with headaches and aching jaws? Or perhaps you have noticed popping or clicking sounds when you open your jaws? Has your bed partner told you that you grind your teeth when sleeping? These are some common problems associated with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. If you are experiencing these nagging signs, please book an appointment with Smyrna Dental & Headache Center for treatment. We offer effective, non-surgical remedies for TMJ disorder.
You experience TMJ disorder, also known as TMD when the joint connecting the skull and the lower jaw is not properly seated. Due to the misalignment, when you move your jaws, it irritates the joints, muscles, nerves, and other structures. When your TMJ is optimally aligned, moving the jaw shouldn’t result in any pain. However, when this joint is misaligned, yawning, chewing, speaking, and laughing may result in pain.
Even when sleeping, the muscles are often still overworked, and the teeth in the upper and lower arch may grind over each other, causing dental damage. When dental damage occurs, your teeth can no longer hold the jaws properly when in the rest position. As the integrity of your teeth becomes compromised, so does your bite or occlusion.
When your TMJ is properly aligned, you barely notice that you have this joint because you open and close your jaws without discomfort. However, when the TMJ is malfunctioning, you might experience the below symptoms:
When you experience the above signs, don’t try to manage the pain using pain medications — the problem will likely only get worse and harder to treat. Instead, book an appointment with a TMD specialist in Smyrna, Georgia, for relief.
The TMJ is a complex joint that combines a hinge action with sliding movements to perform its job. Where the bones meet, there is cartilage separated by a shock-absorbing disc to keep the movements smooth. Unfortunately, TMJ disorder sets in when the disc moves out of alignment, the cartilage wears out due to arthritis, or the joint suffers damage due to injury. However, in most cases, the cause of TMJ disorder is unknown.
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After Dr. David Lamothe diagnoses you with TMJ disorder, the first step in treatment is to find your natural, physiological bite position. Moreover, we recommend a custom-made orthotic to be worn at home while sleeping. This dental device puts your jaws in an optimal position, reducing pressure on the TMJ and jaw muscles.
Other therapies to reduce TMJ pain include cold laser electrical stimulation, ultrasound therapy, and muscle manipulation. We sometimes recommend orthodontic care to resolve malocclusion that may be causing TMJ pain.
Dr. David Lamothe at Smyrna Dental is dedicated to helping patients get back their confidence with a healthy and a happy smile. He provides services ranging from cosmetic and restorative dentistry with the help of the latest digital technology and equipment. With treatment options such as dental crowns, bridges, and full mouth reconstruction, Dr. Lamothe will help regain the smile you have always dreamed of.
Dr. Lamothe earned his dentistry degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch. He pursued to advance his knowledge with practice and continuous education through dental courses specializing in restorative and cosmetic dental techniques. Due to his years of expertise and skills, he is valued as a member of the National Dental Association and prestigious dental associations.