TMJ Treatment for a Healthy, Pain-free Smile
Do you experience constant headaches and jaw pain? Have difficulties opening and closing your mouth? You may have a TMJ-related disorder, and it’s time to book an appointment with Covington Family Dentistry for diagnosis and treatment. We offer natural remedies to treat chronic jaw pain.
What is TMJ pain?
Without going into much scientific lingo, TMJ pain occurs when there is something wrong with your temporomandibular joints (TMJ). This hinge-like joint is situated on either side of the face and connects your lower jaw to the skull. Your TMJ plays a vital role in helping your mouth open and close when talking, laughing, chewing, and yawning.
When working optimally, you may not even notice you have TMJ. However, if your TMJ is inflamed or injured, you may experience numerous unpleasant signs, including:
- Frequent headaches and migraines
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Swollen or tender jaws
- Pain around the face region
- Jaw pain
- Clicking sounds when opening and closing your jaws
- Locked jaws
- Sensitive or flat-looking teeth
TMJ pain closely mimics symptoms of migraines or tension headaches. We have seen many patients suffer from TMJ pain because of misdiagnosis. If you suspect TMJ disorder, please schedule an appointment with our dental team for long-lasting pain relief.
Treating TMJ pain with conservative remedies
We have helped countless patients overcome TMJ pain without surgery. If teeth grinding or clenching is the cause of your TMJ pain, Drs. Doreen Wilson and John Hendricks use a customized dental splint to prevent the lower and upper teeth from touching. This reduces the effects of bruxism, which reduces pressure on your jaw joints and muscles.
The other treatments we may recommend to overcome your TMJ pain include:
- Orthodontics to align your bite
- Jaw exercises
- Medication to eliminate jaw inflammation and infection
- Stress management techniques, including exercises
- Home remedies, such as chewing soft foods and using a cold compress
Have you had enough of constant headaches and jaw pain? Please dial (770) 787-2230, and you will be one step away from a pain-free lifestyle. Covington Family Dentistry offers several natural treatments to overcome TMJ pain for a healthy, painless smile.