Few dentists in the Atlanta area are trained and experienced to treat Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD), a group of disorders that is often defined by poor range of motion and pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Our Peachtree City dental office is home to several highly qualified dentists who have special training in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ Disorders.
We employ the latest techniques and treatments to find conservative options that alleviate painful symptoms, such as frequent headaches, and restore lasting balance to the occlusal system- and a comfortable and functional bite.
Signs & Symptoms of TMJ
The signs of TMJ Disorder are unique to the individual, making it a challenge for an untrained clinician to reach a diagnosis. Some of the more common signs or symptoms include:
- Popping or clicking in the jaw
- Locked jaw, difficulty opening the mouth
- Pain when chewing, eating or opening wide
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Soreness or tiredness in the face or jaw
Just as the symptoms of TMD are unique to the individual, so is the therapy. Instead of taking a one-size-fits-all approach, our dentists take time to carefully listen to the individual, evaluate their condition, and create a personalized treatment plan. We may use one or several therapies to reach the best possible solution. The first line of therapy is usually an evaluation of the individual’s lifestyle. In some cases, symptoms can be controlled by making changes to daily habits or incorporating stress management technique into their daily routine.
Vassey Dental Partners also offers Botox® Cosmetic to treat TMJ dysfunction. Dr. Robinson was one of the first Atlanta dentists to be certified in the use of Botox to relax and “retrain” the muscles of the jaw to enable treatment to be effective and remediate painful symptoms.
Other times, professional intervention is needed. Our dentists may use a mouth guard or a splint to bring the jaw joints into proper alignment. We may also perform bite correction procedures to change that alignment or fit of teeth. This could include removing or adding tooth structure through cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers or dental crowns. We also offer Invisalign for discreetly straightening crooked teeth.