TMJD Specialist

Wyman B. Martin, DDS -  - General Dentistry

The Martin Dental Center for Oral Health & Aesthetics

Wyman B. Martin, DDS

General Dentistry located in Roswell, GA

TMJD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, can hinder your quality of life by causing pain and limiting jaw movement. If you suffer from this debilitating condition, help is within reach at The Martin Dental Center for Oral Health and Aesthetics in Roswell, Georgia. There, Wyman B. Martin, DDS, treats TMJD using strategies to help you live the pain-free life you deserve. Call to learn more or book an appointment online today.

TMJD Q & A

What is TMJD?

TMJD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a condition that causes pain in your jaw joint – including the muscles and ligaments that control movement in your jaw. Your jaw joint acts like a sliding hinge, allowing you to yawn, swallow, talk, and chew properly. TMJD develops when parts of the jaw aren’t working the way they’re supposed to.

What are the symptoms of TMJD?

If you have TMJD, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Stiff jaw muscles
  • Pain that travels through your neck, face, or jaw
  • Jaw tenderness
  • Aching ear or facial pain
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Locking of your jaw
  • Popping or clicking in your jaw
  • Changes in your bite
  • Pain or difficulty while chewing

If you experience one or more TMJD symptoms, Dr. Martin evaluates you to determine how severe your condition is and whether you’d benefit from TMJD treatment.

What causes TMJD?

The exact cause of TMJD isn’t entirely clear. It might be due to:

  • Arthritis
  • Jaw injury
  • Jaw dislocation
  • Tooth and jaw misalignment
  • Genetic factors
  • Jaw clenching
  • Teeth grinding

Regardless of the cause, Dr. Martin creates a treatment plan that enhances comfort, eases pain, and reduces other side effects associated with TMJD.

What is the treatment for TMJD?

TMJD pain may go away on its own without treatment. If you experience pain or other side effects, Dr. Martin may recommend:

Lifestyle changes

Making simple lifestyle changes may help ease pain associated with TMJD. Examples include eating softer foods, avoiding chewing gum and sticky foods, and not biting your nails.

Relaxation techniques

If jaw tension causes TMJD pain, Dr. Martin may recommend relaxation techniques to control it, such as biofeedback or meditation. Acupuncture has also helped some patients.

Heat or ice packs

Using heat or ice packs (or both) helps ease discomfort associated with TMJD.

Physical therapy

Doing facial strengthening and stretching exercises can ease pain and improve the way your jaw functions.

Massage

Facial massage often helps ease muscle tension and pain associated with TMJD.

Dental devices

If teeth grinding exacerbates TMJD, Dr. Martin may recommend a bite plate or night guard to reduce clenching and grinding.

Dental or orthodontic treatment

For a misaligned bite associated with TMJD, Dr. Martin may recommend orthodontic treatment or reshaping some of your teeth.

Medications

If natural TMJD remedies for pain relief haven’t worked for you, Dr. Martin can prescribe medications to ease pain and relax tense muscles.

Surgery

Surgery might be the last resort in extreme TMJD cases. Dr. Martin lets you know if you’re a good candidate for dental surgery and what to expect during the procedure.

When you’re ready to ease TMJD pain and restore your quality of life, call The Martin Dental Center for Oral Health and Aesthetics today or book an appointment online.