TMJ/TMD Treatment

TMJ/TMD Treatment in Dacula

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At Lanier Valley Dentistry, we understand the impact that temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and temporomandibular disorder (TMD) can have on your daily life. Our dedicated team of dental professionals is committed to providing personalized and effective TMJ/TMD treatment to alleviate discomfort and restore optimal oral health.

Following our assessment, we will create a customized treatment plan designed to address your individual needs and objectives. Our goal is not just to alleviate your symptoms, but to address the root causes of your TMJ/TMD to prevent future issues and promote long-term oral health.

What is TMJ/TMD?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) serves as a hinge connecting your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. When this joint is affected, it can lead to temporomandibular disorder (TMD), causing a range of symptoms, including jaw pain, headaches, difficulty chewing, and more. At Lanier Valley Dentistry, we specialize in diagnosing and treating TMJ/TMD to improve your overall well-being.

Symptoms of TMJ/TMD

  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Difficulty or discomfort while chewing
  • Clicks, pops, or grating noises in the jaw joint
  • Locking of the jaw joint
  • Headaches or earaches
  • Facial pain or discomfort
  • Muscle stiffness or spasms in the jaw area
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TMJ/TMD Treatment

  • Customized night guards: We design custom-fit night guards to alleviate jaw clenching and teeth grinding, which are common contributors to TMJ/TMD symptoms. These guards help protect your teeth and jaw joint while promoting relaxation of the jaw muscles during sleep.
  • Lifestyle modifications: Our team provides guidance on lifestyle changes and habits that can aggravate TMJ/TMD symptoms, such as stress management techniques, dietary adjustments, and proper posture habits.
  • Orthodontic treatment: In some cases, misaligned teeth or bite issues can contribute to TMJ/TMD symptoms. We offer orthodontic treatments to correct alignment issues, improving jaw function and reducing discomfort.
  • Medication: For temporary relief of pain and inflammation, we may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications. These may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, or other medications tailored to your specific needs.

Why Choose Lanier Valley Dentistry?

  • Experienced team: Our skilled dentists have a wealth of experience in diagnosing and treating TMJ/TMD.
  • Personalized care: We tailor our treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each patient.
  • State-of-the-art technology: We utilize advanced dental technology for accurate diagnostics and effective treatment.
  • Compassionate approach: Ensuring your comfort and well-being is our foremost commitment.

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Contact Lanier Valley Dentistry Today

If you are experiencing TMJ/TMD symptoms, don’t let discomfort affect your quality of life. Schedule a consultation with our experienced dental team at Lanier Valley Dentistry. We are dedicated to providing compassionate care and effective solutions to help you achieve lasting relief from TMJ/TMD issues. Your journey to a healthier, pain-free jaw starts with us.

Questions About TMJ/TMD Treatment

What are the symptoms of TMD?

Common symptoms include jaw pain, facial pain, clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing the mouth, difficulty chewing, headaches, earaches, and neck or shoulder pain.

What causes TMD?

The exact cause of TMD is often unclear, but contributing factors may include jaw injury, arthritis, teeth grinding (bruxism), stress, and muscle fatigue. Poor posture and habits, such as nail-biting or chewing gum excessively, can also contribute.

How is TMD diagnosed?

Diagnosis typically involves a comprehensive examination by a dentist or healthcare professional. This may include a review of symptoms, a physical examination of the jaw joint, dental X-rays, and, in some cases, advanced imaging like MRI.

How is TMD treated?

Treatment for TMD varies based on the severity and underlying causes. Conservative approaches may include lifestyle changes, stress management, and pain relief measures. Dental treatments, physical therapy, and, in some cases, surgical interventions may be recommended.

Are there home remedies for TMD pain?

Home remedies to manage TMD pain include applying cold or heat packs to the jaw, practicing jaw exercises, avoiding hard or chewy foods, and maintaining good posture. Over-the-counter pain relievers may also help, but it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice.

Can TMD go away on its own?

In some cases, mild TMD symptoms may improve on their own or with conservative treatments. However, persistent or severe symptoms often require professional intervention.