Making Your Jaw Pain to Away | Snellville, GA

Jaw pain is not something any of us want to live with, nor should you. You deserve to eat without pain. You should not wake up feeling like you’ve gone 12 rounds, and headaches should not be a routine part of your day.

If you are experiencing these problems, you could be suffering from a TMJ disorder.

The next time you sit down to eat should be a pleasant experience, not something you dread. Waking up in the morning should leaving you feeling refreshed, not sore. Getting through the day should not require multiple doses of headache medicine, either.

You take your pain seriously, and so will the team at Parkway Dental in Snellville. When your are ready to treat your TMJ problem, give us a call.

Signs and symptoms of TMD

TMJ disorders begin with your temporomandibular joint. This joint allows you to chew your food and to talk by acting as a hinge to open and close your mouth so you can chew your food and talk.

TMD, or TMJ disorders, are the result of problems with this joint. There are several signs and symptoms that you may have a TMD, such as:

  • Pain in your jaw. This is a common sign of a TMJ disorder. You may feel pain during a meal or after you finish eating. You might feel pain when you try to talk. You may even just feel a lingering pain throughout the day.

This pain can occur on either side of your mouth or on both sides.

  • Pain in other places. TMD can affect more than just your jaw, however. You may feel pain in the muscles of your face, your neck, and your shoulders.

The stress of TMD can lead to headaches and earaches. You may also experience ringing in your ears, a condition known as tinnitus.

  • Limited movement. For some people, TMJ disorders can limit their jaw movement. This may mean you can partially open or close your jaw. It also can mean you can’t move your jaw at all. Having your jaw stuck in an open or closed position can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing.
  • Clicking or popping. Some signs of TMD may not involve pain at all. If your jaw makes a clicking sound or feelsĀ like it is popping when you move it, that too can indicate a TMJ disorder.

If you are experiencing one or a combination of these symptoms on a regular basis, then we recommend that you see us as soon as you can.

TMJ disorders can arise from multiple causes.

One of the more common causes of TMD is bruxism. This is a technical term that refers to grinding or clenching your teeth. Whenever you do this, you put added pressure on your temporomandibular joint, and that can cause pain and other symptoms.

Many people aren’t aware that they are doing this. This may be an unconscious reaction to the stress and anxiety you are going through at work or in your personal life. You could be grinding your teeth in your sleep as well.

Structural problems are another common cause of TMD. If the ball-and-socket joint in your jaw is out of alignment, that may be the reason you are having other problems as well.

Arthritis isn’t limited to your hands and knees. It can affect your jaw as well.

Last but not least, TMD can arise as a result of an injury. If you’ve take a fall or been hit in the face, this may have affected the position or the mobility of your jaw. That change could be the origin of your TMJ disorder.

Treating TMD

We can treat your TMD. You can feel better, and you can regain full movement of your jaw.

Once we have identified your TMD, we will take steps to fix it. For many patients, we resolve the problem by creating an occlusal guard.

The guard, which is a type of mouthpiece, will prevent your from pressing your upper and lower teeth together. The mouthpiece will also hold your teeth in a more relaxed position.

This prevents you from grinding your teeth together, and the change in position will ease the pressure on your joint. This can relieve your pain.

Get help now

Your TMJ disorder does not have to keep ruining your life. Make a decision to end your pain and suffering. Contact Parkway Dental today so we can help you feel better.

Call us at (770) 676-1122 or fill out our online form to make an appointment.

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