By James Hutson, DDS, PC
July 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: jaw pain   tmj  

If you are experiencing chronic jaw pain, stiffness, and other symptoms like cracking or "popping" when you open and close your mouth, jaw pain, tmjyou may be suffering from temporomandibular disorder, commonly referred to as TMJ. TMJ (also known as TMD) is a common problem that affects as many as ten million Americans. Dr. James Hutson, a dentist in Marietta, GA, offers a range of treatment options designed to address the underlying cause of your jaw pain and discomfort.

TMJ Diagnosis and Treatment in Marietta, GA

TMJ symptoms can range from mild to severe. Because ongoing jaw pain can affect everything from your ability to eat to your general wellbeing and quality of life, you should see a dentist for treatment options and prevent the risk of permanent damage to the joints. Although an exact cause of TMJ can be difficult to pinpoint, there are a few factors that can contribute to joint damage and jaw pain:

  • An injury or trauma
  • Arthritis
  • Bite and alignment issues
  • Prolonged clenching or teeth grinding

Treatment for TMJ depends on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. Most cases are treated with conservative options like medication and lifestyle modifications, but surgery may also be an option if conservative treatments are ineffective. If your jaw pain is caused by a bite or alignment problem that is causing pressure and strain on one or both joints, the dentist might recommend appliance therapy or orthodontics.

Other treatment options for jaw pain and TMJ related symptoms include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Jaw exercises
  • Dietary changes
  • Nightguard/retainer (for teeth grinding)
  • Ice or heat therapy
  • Cortisone injections
  • Dietary changes
  • Restorative dentistry procedures like crowns and bridgework

Find a Dentist in Marietta, GA

For more information about TMJ treatment, contact our office today by calling (770) 424-7525 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hutson.

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707 Whitlock Ave. SW,
Suite B22 Marietta, GA 30064
(770) 424-7525

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