TMJ/TMD Treatment in Kennesaw, GA

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) occurs as a result of problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), jaw muscles and nerves on one or both side of the head that results in the jaw, face, and head and neck pain. TMD is not directly related to any one cause, but dentists believe possible causes can be attributed to:

  • Grinding or clenching the teeth
  • Dislocation of the soft cushion between the ball and socket
  • Presence of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ
  • Stress that causes a person to tighten the associated muscles or clench the teeth

The most common factor contributing to TMD is a bite problem which affects the joint itself. The TMJ is involved in many functions of muscles, ligaments, and bones. The TMJ is comprised of a disc between a ball and socket that serves to cushion the forces on the joint and enables the jaw to move and function normally. Any of the above conditions may cause a properly functioning TMJ to experience pain.

TMJ disorders develop for many reasons and are often the result of several issues with your jaw and bite.

Common TMJ/TMD Symptoms

Common TMD Symptoms Include:

  • Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw, neck, and shoulders, and in or around the ear when jaw movements occur
  • Limited ability to open mouth very wide
  • Jaws that “lock” in the open or closed position
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • Teeth that do not align properly
  • Frequent tension headaches