If you’re experiencing jaw pain and discomfort in Atlanta, the team at Goldstein Garber & Salama is here to help. Our doctors can diagnose jaw conditions like TMJ/TMD, go over your options for treatment, and help you get relief from your jaw pain. Contact us today to get started!
If you frequently notice strange clicking or popping noises when you open your mouth widely, speak, or chew, this may indicate an issue with your temporomandibular joint. In extreme cases, your jaw may occasionally become stuck or locked in place.
To begin, you’ll undergo a comprehensive oral exam from one of our dentists to determine if you have TMJ disorders. Your dentist at Goldstein Garber & Salama will take x-rays of your face and jaw to look for signs of inflammation in your temporomandibular joint, and determine if you are suffering from TMD.
Your dentist at Goldstein Garber & Salama may recommend that you make adjustments to your lifestyle, such as reducing stress to minimize grinding or wearing a night guard for grinding, switching to a soft food diet to reduce chewing, and performing jaw stretches. In some cases, these kinds of changes are enough to eliminate TMD.
Oral appliance therapy is often recommended for minor-to-moderate TMJ disorders. This involves a custom-built oral appliance that looks similar to a night guard for grinding, and is worn at night. This oral appliance alters the position of the jaws during sleep to encourage proper healing of the temporomandibular joint.
Botox may also be an option. It can be used to selectively paralyze the muscles of the jaw to provide relief from clenching, grinding, and TMJ disorder. In some cases, corticosteroid injections can be used to help provide relief. Surgery is rarely required for TMJ/TMD, and is typically a last resort if all other treatment options fail.