TMJ Treatment – Buckhead, Atlanta
Treating Your Chronic Jaw Pain
Are you suffering from constant jaw pain or chronic headaches but aren’t sure what the cause is? In many cases, the answer could be that you’re suffering from a TMJ disorder, which essentially means that there’s a problem with the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. At Vason Family Dentistry, Dr. Vason and Dr. Grisham can diagnose your TMJ disorder and help you figure out the best way to find relief for your symptoms. Give us a call today if you’re ready to put a stop to your pain with TMJ treatment in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA.
Why Choose Vason Family Dentistry for TMJ Treatment?
- Botox Injections to calm muscle activity
- Expertly Customized Occlusal Splints
- trigger point therapy to restore comfort
What Is TMJ Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located slightly in front of your ear on both sides of your head. It’s lined with cartilage and moves with a smooth, gliding motion. When the TMJ is functioning properly, it allows you to open and close your mouth to eat and speak.
However, the TMJ is highly complex; not only is it sensitive to stress in a variety of forms, but it’s also affected by the alignment of your bite as well as the condition of your jaw muscles. As such, many different issues could result in a TMJ disorder, which is typically accompanied by chronic pain, clicking in the jaw, and other symptoms.
TMJ disorder can range from mild to severe, and it often gets worse if it goes untreated for too long. If you want to enjoy a pain-free lifestyle again, you should call our office as soon as you think that you might be having problems with your TMJ.
TMJ Treatment Options
The underlying cause of a TMJ disorder can vary from patient to patient, and the kind of treatment you’ll need will depend on the details of your situation. Our dental practice’s solutions for TMJ pain include the following:
An occlusal splint is an oral appliance that fits snugly over your teeth and shifts the jaw into a more relaxed position. By wearing an occlusal splint regularly, you can relieve the muscle tension around your TMJ, causing your discomfort to fade over time. Also, an occlusal splint can protect your teeth from clenching and grinding as you sleep, both of which are often linked to TMJ disorder.
When the teeth don’t come together properly, a TMJ disorder is often the result. We can make small adjustments to your teeth – usually by reshaping a few cusps or placing a restoration – so that they meet in the correct places. Once your bite has been properly balanced, it won’t be long before you experience relief from your TMJ-related symptoms.
While Botox is most well-known for its ability to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, it has long been a trusted method for relieving TMJ pain as well. By injecting it into a strained jaw joint, we can calm overactive muscles and allow them to finally relax. This can make chronic pain start to go away, help reduce TMJ-related headaches, and even put a stop to unconscious teeth grinding.
Trigger Point Therapy
Some patients can develop a trigger point in or around their TMJ, which is a sensitive area of hyper-tense muscles. This can create persistent pain that starts in the jaw and can easily radiate into the head, neck, ears, and more. After determining the location of the trigger point, we can inject a numbing agent or steroid to break up this tension and eliminate tenderness.