Are Dental Problems Causing My TMJ Symptoms?

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Do you wake up with aching jaws? If you experience any of these symptoms, you may have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).

  • Jaw pain, especially near the temporomandibular joints
  • Aching around your ear
  • Difficulty or pain while chewing
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth

Dr. Richard Rodgers has decades of experience treating the jaw disorder at his Atlanta, GA office. TMJ disorder can often be treated with mouth guards or orthodontic treatments. Because we provide a wide range of dental procedures to address TMJ and other disorders, we can save you time by keeping your total dental care within one practice.

If you are seeking relief from TMJ symptoms, call us today to schedule a consultation today.

Can Dental Problems Cause TMJ Symptoms?

TMJ disorder arises when the temporomandibular joints (which connect your lower jawbone to either side of the skull) become injured or damaged. There are multiple potential causes of TMJ disorder. One common cause is misalignment of the teeth. The teeth play an important role in allowing your jawbones to properly align. If your teeth do not line up properly, the imbalance can cause your jawbone to rest in an awkward position, especially when your jaws are clenched. Over time, even small misalignments can put stress on the temporomandibular joints.

Misaligned prosthetics can also cause TMJ disorder. If you have a dental bridge, crown, or denture that is slightly out of place, you may not notice the problem at first. If the problems lead to TMJ disorder, you will need to have your prosthetics adjusted at our Atlanta office.

We advise patients to be mindful of the symptoms of TMJ disorder. If you are experiencing any level of discomfort near your temporomandibular joints or if you have trouble opening and closing your jaws, Dr. Rodgers can easily assess if you have TMJ disorder.

During your exam, Dr. Rodgers will inquire into your symptoms. X-rays and other forms of imaging will likely be taken before a customized treatment plan is created to begin addressing your symptoms. The vast majority of patients who experience TMJ disorder can find relief without the need for surgery.

What Are My Treatment Options?

There are multiple treatment options for TMJ disorder. Two treatments offered at our clinic include:

  • Night guards: Bruxism is a common cause of jaw pain. Night guards are special mouthguards that help prevent your jaw from clenching. The appliance can also prevent wear, chips, and cracks as a result of teeth grinding.
  • Adjustments: If your dentures, bridge, or other prosthetics are causing your jaws to not line up properly, Dr. Rodgers can adjust them as needed. For some patients, this may mean having a new prosthetic manufactured.

Once your TMJ symptoms have been treated, you may experience relief from sore jaw muscles. TMJ disorder is often tied to other forms of discomfort, such as headache, toothaches, and ear pain. These symptoms may similarly dissipate as you undergo treatment at our Atlanta office.

Diagnose Your TMJ Symptoms Today

If you are experiencing jaw pain, you may have TMJ disorder or a related condition. No matter what the cause, early treatment can prevent irreversible damage. The temporomandibular joints are a complicated network of bone, muscle, and ligaments. Diagnosing the cause of TMJ symptoms requires a dentist with experience. Dr. Rodgers graduated from Emory University School of Dentistry with a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1985.

If you are ready to experience relief from TMJ disorder, contact our Atlanta, GA office online or call (404) 577-6620.

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