Estimates suggest that around 10 million Americans suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). While the disorder is inherently complicated, there are a number of treatments available to help remedy its effects. In fact, there are a variety of both at-home treatments, as well as more technical in-office treatments that can help treat TMJ. As such, we wanted to spend some time highlighting some of the best treatments available for this difficult disorder!
North Atlanta Aesthetic Dentistry is proud to provide TMJ treatment for those around Alpharetta, Georgia. Dr. Gurley and his experienced team have a number of TMJ treatments that can help improve the potentially detrimental symptoms, and improve your quality of life. Call our dental office today! Or, keep reading to learn more about TMJ treatments!
What is TMJ?
TMJ (or TMD) is a disorder that affects the temporomandibular joint. It can arise from a variety of causes, including:
- Teeth Grinding
- Jaw Trauma
- Misalignment in the Teeth
Symptoms tend to include fatigue in the facial muscles, pain in the neck or shoulders, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw, issues with your ears, and in some cases headaches. Any number of these symptoms can bring detriment to your daily life, making it difficult to go about the simplest daily tasks like chewing food. But those with TMD should feel fortunate that there are also a wide variety of treatments available to ease the aforementioned symptoms.
At-home TMD treatments can be a great option for those with minor forms of the disorder. One of the best ways to treat minor TMJ is to minimize overuse of the joint. Eating soft foods can help. Regular warm compresses, with a hot towel, can also helpful. Further, you should massage the joint frequently to keep it loose and relaxed.
When TMJ symptoms don’t resolve with at-home remedies, it’s time to seek professional services. These services can include prescription medications, sleep appliances, or botox therapy. These treatments will provide the best chances for bringing your temporomandibular joint back to full functionality!
TMJ Treatment With North Atlanta Aesthetic Dentistry!
If you’re experiencing TMJ, it’s recommended you visit your dentist! You can call us at 770-664-1244. You can also contact us here.