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By Dentistry at Camp Creek
February 09, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmj  

Wonder if your jaw pain and stiffness is due to a TMJ disorder? It’s time to find out!

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed by one of our South Atlanta, GA dentists Dr. Travon Holt and Dr. Tarem Eric Hendricks or your tmjsymptoms are pointing to TMJ disorder it’s never too late to seek the treatment you deserve. Find out more about this common condition and how we can help!

Q. What is TMJ disorder?

A. Known as temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, this condition can cause pain and other issues for the jaw joints and muscles that can also affect how the jaw moves.

Q. What are the symptoms?

A. Some of the more common symptoms people with TMJ disorder experience include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Sore jaw and facial muscles
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw
  • Headaches
  • Limited jaw movement

Q. Is it treatable?

A. Yes, there are a lot of things you can do to ease your symptoms and manage your condition. We’ll start with the conservative treatment options first. This includes things like eating softer foods, icing the joint to reduce pain and swelling, avoiding chewing gum or other habits that require extreme jaw movements and learning ways to manage stress to reduce teeth grinding, which puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on the jaw.

Over-the-counter pain medications and oral appliances like a bite guard may also be recommended to help provide some pain relief. Surgery is rarely required when it comes to handling your TMJ symptoms, as most conservative treatments will offer the symptom management you need.

Dentistry at Camp Creek is here for all of your dental needs. Our general dentists in Atlanta, GA are here to make sure that you have a healthy smile that lasts.