TMJ Treatment in Dacula, GA
Jaw pain can make it difficult to eat, speak, or even yawn comfortably. Sometimes jaw pain symptoms develop quickly, but oftentimes they gradually worsen over time, causing a condition known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also called TMJ or TMD.
Painful Jaw Symptoms
If you experience the following symptoms, you might benefit from a jaw exam at Kinsey Smiles:
- Painful jaw muscles
- Clicking or popping joints
- Facial pain
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Ringing in the ears
- Bite not coming together correctly
All of these symptoms can indicate a problem with your bite or jaw function. Fortunately, Dr. Kinsey provides relief for these symptoms and a solution to protect your smile.
Treatment for TMJ or TMD
The method of treatment that will work best for you depends on your unique condition. A TMJ exam in at our Dacula dental office will give Dr. Kinsey the information he needs to get you on the road to recovery.
Teeth clenching and grinding, known as bruxism, is closely related to TMJ problems. Bruxism often occurs at night, and you might not be aware of it unless a parent or partner had mentioned that you grind your teeth.
Jaw muscles are strong and exert enormous amounts of force. A bruxism habit can cause premature wear and broken teeth if it is not addressed.
Fortunately, a custom nightguard can protect your teeth during sleep and is comfortable to wear.
An occlusal splint is similar to a nightguard in that it protects your teeth. A splint is also designed to gently guide your jaw into alignment. Some people only need a splint at night, while others might benefit from day use to reduce swelling and relax aggravated jaw joints.
A misaligned bite may also lead to jaw problems. When teeth do not come together correctly, the jaw joint cannot seat properly and may begin to suffer wear or even deteriorate. Orthodontics can properly align your teeth and create a comfortable, functional bite that supports a healthy system for the jaws.
Improperly fitted restorations or even misaligned natural teeth sometimes benefit from bite balancing. Also called occlusal equilibration, tiny amounts of structure are removed to allow teeth to come together in a harmonious way. This eliminates any high points that can lead to sensitivity as well.
If you are someone who has struggled with a bruxism habits for years, you may find that your teeth are worn and uncomfortable or sensitive. To repair teeth, Dr. Kinsey may recommend dental fillings, bonding, or crowns to add length and guidance to severely worn teeth. As an added benefit, tooth-colored restorations also protect sensitive teeth for greater comfort overall.
Do You Have Jaw Pain?
Dr. Kinsey is passionate about helping our patients feel comfortable and eat the foods they love. If you have jaw pain or headaches and need a solution, contact our Dacula, GA dental office to learn more.