Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), commonly called TMJ disorder, is a broad term used to describe a wide range of symptoms. The symptoms for TMJ disorder vary greatly from one patient to another and often mask themselves or are similar to those of other medical conditions, making diagnosis extremely difficult.
Dr. Jolanda Warren of Buckhead Esthetic Dentistry in Atlanta treats patients who have TMJ disorder through a variety of treatment options. The most common type of treatment for TMJ disorders is using a oral appliance, either a dental splint or mouth guard.
Do You Have TMJ Disorder?
- Do you experience chronic headaches, shoulder, neck or facial pain?
- Does your jaw click or pop when you open or close it?
- Do you experience locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint?
- Do you clench or grind your teeth?
- Have you noticed that your teeth are worn, have small chips or fractures?
- Do you have frequent earaches without ear infection?
If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may be one of the millions of people suffering from an undiagnosed TMJ disorder. Few dentists and physicians are trained and experienced at diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders. Dr. Warren has focused part of her post graduate training to learn the fundamentals of TMJ disorders as well as the latest techniques for treating this complex condition.
TMJ treatment is entirely dependent on the patient and their specific diagnosis. Dr. Warren offers a wide range of treatments from splint therapy and night guards to bite correction procedures. As a skilled restorative and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Warren is also able to correct any damage that may have resulted from TMJ disorder. Teeth may be corrected with dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or other types of dental restorations.
Oral Appliance Therapy for TMJ
An oral appliance is a removable device that helps to keep the teeth and jaw in proper position during sleep and prevent teeth grinding or clenching. The oral appliance may be a splint, mouth guard or night guard. These devices can alleviate the most common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction and prevent potential problems such as tooth wear, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Schedule a Consultation
The chronic pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders can put significant limitations on your life. You deserve to look and feel your best. Contact Atlanta dentist Dr. Jolanda Warren at Buckhead Esthetic Dentistry for a consultation and to learn more about TMJ treatment.