You don’t need to suffer the effects of TMJ pain any longer. Dr. Morton can help provide TMJ treatment that you need to give you lasting relief. Take back control of your life and get past your TMJ problems with help from Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA.
What is TMJ?
Oftentimes, patients present with excessive wear on their teeth. We know that there is some sort of imbalance or para-functional habit that's occurring when we see extensive grinding or wear patterns. Some people are aware they grind. Some people are not. It all starts again with conversations and questions, just to see what may be contributing to the presentation that they have. If a patient knows that they grind in their sleep, a solution could be something as simple as wearing a split or a guard at night. If there are problems with snoring or an awareness of sleep apnea, then we would also investigate that, because we know that bruxism often occurs in people who stop breathing or have some degree of apnea. We want to make sure that we give them the right treatment. Simply placing a night guard on someone who may have apnea can actually intensify or magnify their obstructive sleep apnea. We want to be cautious with what treatments and modalities of treating these patients that we pursue.
This can also cause issues in the joint, so if an appliance is improperly made or not fitted correctly, it can cause or add stress to the joint apparatus, which certainly can lead to more pain or discomfort. We have a very complex approach in how we are able to treat patients, because it can be a very complex problem. We always progress slowly after extensive examination, just to really dial in as to where the problem and what may be causing the problem, before simply just prescribing some sort of appliance to treat, whether it's a TMJ or TMD issue, grinding, or sleep apnea.
TMJ is the abbreviation for temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that connects your jawbone to the rest of your skull. This joint has a lot to do with how your mouth and face feel at any moment in time, as its muscles extend up the side of your face into the temple region of your head. When you hear people talking about TMJ, however, they are usually referring to TMJ disorders, or TMD. These are problems with the joint that are causing pain, discomfort, and difficulty. Dr. Morton can help you manage the symptoms of TMD and alleviate the pain that it can cause.
How do I know if I have a TMJ disorder?
If you have chronic pain in your jaw, face, or head, you may have a TMJ disorder. The only way to know for certain is to come in and see Dr. Morton at Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA. He has the experience and technology needed to diagnose the disorder and can work up a treatment plan to help you get past the discomfort you’re feeling.
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
Some of the milder symptoms of TMD are clicking in your jaw when you open and close your mouth, or an ache in the joint. Your jaw may feel overtired as well. Some symptoms are mistaken for other issues. You may have pain like a toothache that is actually caused by TMJ. There are more severe symptoms as well, including your jaw locking in either the open or closed position, or swelling in the area. You may even experience swelling in your face. In other instances, your TMJ may result in excessive teeth grinding (bruxism) that can damage your teeth and cause further injury to your TMJ.
Why does TMJ cause migraines and headaches?
The TMJ extends all the way up into the temple region of your head, and this is why it can cause intense migraines or headaches. These headaches can be totally debilitating and make it almost impossible to function during the day. Come in and get the help you need through TMJ treatment from Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA.
How can Dr. Morton help treat my TMJ disorder?
Aside from diagnosing the disorder, Dr. Morton can help alleviate much of the pain associated with it. Custom mouthguards are one effective way of managing the disorder. They separate your teeth to prevent you from grinding them together at night. A splint can help to distribute the biting force of your jaw in a way that will take stress off of the joint and let it begin to heal itself. Dr. Morton will go over your situation and help you choose the TMJ treatment that will best serve your needs.
If you need TMJ treatment and solutions for teeth grinding, call Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA office today at 770-901-2719 to schedule a consultation. You can schedule your appointment online as well using our online form.
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