TMJ is an easy way to say Temporomandibular joint disorder. TMJ stems from problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that are used in chewing and moving the jaw. The temporomandibular joint is the hinge joint that connects the mandible to the temporal bone of the skull. If you place your fingers immediately in front of your ears and open and close your mouth you can feel this jaw moving up and down. When working correctly, there should be a smooth movement with no popping or pain. However, many people suffer from pain while chewing, yawning, and talking and also have chronic headaches associated with TMJ. Dr. Patel at Family & Cosmetic Dental Care in Johns Creek is highly experienced in treating patients with TMJ and other bite disorders, and he can help patients achieve long term pain relief.
Treatment for TMJ is generally conservative, yet it leads to substantial relief. Dr. Patel can help patients develop self-care practices that they can do at home to begin correcting their TMJ disorder. There are specific jaw exercises that can be performed at home in front of a mirror that offer a lot of help to many patients. These exercises must be done in a precise manner, and Dr. Patel is here to help guide patients through the learning process. For many, wearing a night guard to prevent the upper and lower teeth from coming together at night lessens the pressure on the jaw. These night guards can also help to correct the bite by positioning the teeth in a correct position.
Dr. Patel understands that chronic pain in the face and jaw area can negatively effect a person’s quality of life. At Family & Cosmetic Dental Care in Johns Creek, we are here to provide you with appropriate treatment for TMJ so that you can enjoy life. Call our office today to set up a convenient appointment.
Posted by Mitul Patel DDS, Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
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