TMJ Treatment - Augusta, GA
Put Jaw Pain in the Past
Understanding the TMJ Disorder-Bruxism Connection
Are you experiencing chronic jaw pain or sore facial muscles, especially in the morning when you first wake up? We see many patients who need TMJ treatment in Augusta, GA, and in most cases, their jaw and muscle pain, and flat or worn-down teeth, is due to grinding and clenching (bruxism). They also usually have chronic pain in their facial muscles and joints, headaches or migraines, and pain radiating to the shoulders, neck, and back. If you have these symptoms, they can often be attributed to an imbalance between your teeth, facial muscles, and jaw joints. Issues that occur in one area can greatly affect other areas, too. For this reason, many of our patients who grind and clench their teeth also have problems with their temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which connect your lower jaw to your skull. We’ll help you put your jaw pain and associated symptoms in the past with targeted and personalized treatments like custom bite adjustments, oral appliances, and orthodontics. You can experience a comfortable life with TMJ treatment in Augusta, GA from our experienced dental team!
Symptoms of Muscle-Joint Imbalance
Targeted Treatment for TMJ Disorder and Bruxism
First establishing the source of your pain or discomfort is the only way we can effectively provide TMJ treatment in Augusta, GA. During your comprehensive evaluation, we’ll assess the health and function of your teeth, muscles, and jaw joints and how they’re all working (or not working) together. By finding the source of your symptoms, we’re better able to provide targeted treatment and re-establish proper balance and comfort. We offer the following solutions:
Teeth that are “off”, otherwise known as malocclusion, cause unnecessary strain to your joints and facial muscles and lead you to clench and grind your teeth as they attempt to find harmony with each other. We’ll adjust the surfaces of problem teeth, so they fit together comfortably and create balance. Having teeth in proper occlusion relieves the strain on the jaw joints and muscles, helping them function properly and without pain.
If you have jaw pain when you wake up, this can sometimes be a red flag that your temporomandibular joints are misaligned or dislocated. Using a custom-made oral appliance for TMJ treatment in Augusta, GA, we’ll help keep your upper and lower teeth from touching to reduce stress to the muscles and joints. This appliance also establishes balance between the TM joints and the bite, so teeth can fit together more comfortably.
Often, patients who grind and clench their teeth and have TMJ or jaw pain have misaligned teeth as well. In cases where a bite adjustment or oral appliance does not resolve symptoms, we’ll provide TMJ treatment with orthodontics like Invisalign®. Straight teeth come together properly and restore balance to the jaw joints and muscles. TMJ treatment with orthodontics can effectively resolve TMJ pain and bruxism, while simultaneously improving dental function, smile esthetics, and overall oral health.
Don’t let jaw pain hinder your life.
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