Treating TMJ Disorder in Alpharetta, GA
Are you suffering from a TMJ disorder? We can help
TMD, or temporormandibular joint disorder, is a condition that impacts the jaw and muscles of the face, creating difficulties with talking, chewing, and other facial movements. TMJ is most often triggered by trauma to or arthritis in the jaw or temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Alpharetta dentist Dr. Gurley has helped many patients overcome their TMJ symptoms so that they can live their lives with more comfort and less stress.
Common symptoms of TMJ disorder
TMD can cause you to suffer a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Tired and sore jaw and facial muscles
- Pain in the neck and shoulders
- Clicking and popping sounds coming from the jaw
- Buzzing or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Headaches and migraines
If you have noticed any of the above symptoms, you should see your dentist right away. Symptoms of TMD can worsen if left untreated.
Advanced TMD treatment at North Atlanta Aesthetic Dentistry
If you suspect you have TMD, we encourage you to meet with Dr. Gurley for an examination. After assessing your jaw and hearing about your specific symptoms, he can diagnose your unique TMJ disorder and determine the best course of treatment.
Dr. Gurley can treat TMD with dental crowns, prescription medications, or sleep appliances.
Medication for TMD
Prescription medications can provide immediate symptom relief by reducing inflammation in the joint and muscles and relieving pain. For ongoing success, many patients find that they have to continue daily medications indefinitely, depending on the severity of the disorder.
Dental crowns & sleep appliance to improve TMJ disorder
Dental crowns and sleep appliances work best in conjunction with prescriptions medication, as these devices typically work gradually to change the bite itself and provide long-lasting relief without a daily pill. When the bite is improved, the TMJ will function and feel much better.
Treating TMJ disorders with BOTOX
Dr. Gurley also provides BOTOX® therapy for TMJ. When injected into the affected area, BOTOX® helps the muscles surrounding the TMJ to relax, in turn providing you with lasting relieve from your symptoms.
We recommend returning every few months for a follow-up treatment for continued comfort. After a few treatments with BOTOX®, you may experience a permanent recovery. The jaw muscles will readjust themselves to work more efficiently and become less strained and sore. Once your muscles start working together more effectively, you will need no further treatment.