No one should have to live with chronic pain of TMJ disorder. It’s not only uncomfortable, but it can interfere with your ability to enjoy your life.
This can lead to undue stress, which only worsens the pain and tension of your TMJ issues.
That’s why our team at Atlanta West Dentistry wants to spend today’s blog on how we can help you stop the painful cycle of stress and TMJ problems with treatment in our Marietta, GA dental office.
TMJ Disorder Shouldn’t Go Untreated
Just below each of your ears, there’s a hinge called the temporomandibular joint. It’s known commonly as your TMJ, since the technical term is quite a mouthful!
When the TMJ is working properly, you’re able to yawn, speak, laugh, and chew without any pain or discomfort.
If your TMJ begins to shift out of alignment, or you experience some sort of trauma to your jaw, you can start to feel the effects.
Common effects of TMJ disorder, or TMD, are:
-Clicking sounds when you open your mouth
-Soreness, stiffness, and tension in your jaw, neck, and shoulders
It’s important to reach out to our team at Atlanta West Dentistry at the first sign of TMJ problems because without treatment, these issues will only worsen over time.
Teeth Grinding & Jaw Clenching Only Make It Worse
Bruxism is a condition where you grind your upper and lower teeth together. You may or may not do it without knowing because it often happens at night while you sleep.
Since most often bruxism isn’t something you’re aware of, you can’t really control that behavior. This only worsens TMJ because you can’t stop the very thing that may be causing your disorder in the first place.
The Miserable Cycle Created By Stress & TMJ
Have you ever been sitting in morning traffic on your way to work and find yourself clutching the steering wheel for dear life? You have to force yourself to relax, ease up on your grip, and try to accept the fact that you might be late.
We often do things when we feel tense or stressed without even realizing it.
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching are examples of these types of potentially problematic behaviors.
It’s also an example of how stress and TMJ disorder can create a vicious cycle.
You feel stressed, so you grind your teeth. All that grinding creates pain and muscle tension in your jaw. The pain and tension makes you feel stressed.
And so begins the endless, miserable cycle of pain and discomfort that can interfere with your life.
You can put an end to it in with help from our team at Atlanta West Dentistry!
Surprisingly Simple TMJ Solutions
If a thorough exam by one of our highly-trained dentists, Dr. Cameron Watson, reveals that you grind your teeth or have bite alignment issues relating to TMJ disorder, we can offer surprisingly simple solutions.
Since teeth grinding and jaw clenching are usually done unwittingly while you sleep, you can opt for a custom-made mouthguard to wear at night.
This is an effective way to keep your upper and lower teeth separated while you’re sleeping so that your TMJ pain isn’t aggravated and your teeth aren’t damaged further.
You can also benefit from other methods of relief in our Marietta, GA dental office such as bite alignment treatment. This helps improve the way your upper and lower teeth match up when you bite down.
You may be surprised to learn that Botox Ⓡ can also provide relief from the painful symptoms caused by TMJ disorder!
Get TMJ Treatment Now!
Pain is your body’s way of telling you something isn’t right, so ignoring it is never a good idea. If you’re experiencing muscle tension, tenderness, or any of the symptoms we’ve mentioned in today’s blog, the best thing to do is err on the side of caution and make an appointment.
Without proper diagnosis and treatment for your TMJ pain, the problem will likely grow worse. Dr. Cameron Watson and our team at Atlanta West Dentistry have the extensive training and the tools to identify the cause of your jaw pain and stiffness and treat it effectively so you can enjoy life again.