The temporomandibular joint in the jaw is controlled by strong facial muscles and tendons. Stress on the temporomandibular joint can cause disorders that affect the mouth and jaw. Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ or TMD) create jaw and facial pain, as well as many other symptoms. With general dentistry from our dental team at Envision Dental, we provide TMJ and TMD treatment at our dental center in Marietta, GA.
TMJ/TMD can be caused by genetics, misaligned teeth, bruxism and other factors that cause stress on the jaw. There can be inflammation in the joint or the ligaments, muscles and tendons that control the jaw can be affected. Some of the possible symptoms that can be experienced with TMJ include:
- Jaw or facial pain
- Clicking or popping in the jaw
- Locked jaw
- Headaches and earaches
- Difficulty or pain when chewing
TMJ and TMD can be very uncomfortable, impacting sleep, eating and many normal functions. Relieving stress on the jaw joint can offer relief from symptoms.
Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief
TMJ and TMD treatment may be different for each patient. It depends on what is causing the pressure or strain on the temporomandibular joint. Misaligned teeth are a common cause of TMJ jaw and facial pain. Fixing dental issues, like restoring missing teeth or aligning the bite/teeth with orthodontic treatment, can relieve TMD symptoms. Another option is wearing an oral appliance to prevent teeth grinding, which can put excessive stress on the jaw joint and associated tissues.
There are non-surgical options to relieve symptoms like jaw and facial pain caused by TMJ/TMD. Our dental experts at Envision Dental offer advanced TMJ and TMD treatments at our dental center. If you have symptoms of TMJ, contact our dentist office in Marietta to schedule an exam and consultation to explore options for jaw pain relief.