Do you suffer from regular morning headaches that seem to hit as soon as you rise from the bed? Do you hear a popping or clicking sound when you chew? Is there soreness in your jaw when you open your mouth wide, or has your jaw ever become locked in position? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it is time to come in for an evaluation to determine if you are suffering from TMJ. The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the jaw to the skull and acts as a hinge allowing the mouth to open, close, chew, speak, and move side to side. Problems with the jaw and the muscles in the face that control the temporomandibular joint can cause frequent pain and discomfort. Crabapple Dental is a comprehensive dental practice that offers TMJ treatments to help residents of Alpharetta, Milton, and the surrounding areas find the relief that they need.
Many people do not associate their symptoms with TMJ because they find that their symptoms are intermittent, coming and going without rhyme or reason. One of the biggest precursors for TMJ is stress. Stress can negatively affect many areas of the body, and after evaluation many people realize that they grind their teeth at night or clench their jaws during the day when they are stressed. TMJ is often a result of grinding or clenching because it puts a great deal of stress on the joint. Another common cause of TMJ is the misalignment of your teeth. When your teeth are not in proper relation to each other and to your jaw joints, the jaw automatically shifts to a new position in order to compensate. This misalignment can cause severe headaches or ear pain that is especially noticeable in the mornings.
Dr. Sarah Roberts uses the latest technology and dental techniques to effectively treat the causes of your TMJ discomfort. If you are suffering from pain in your jaw, morning headaches, or if you hear a clicking sound when you chew or speak, please contact Crabapple Dental today. We are currently accepting new patients, and we are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain a health and fully functioning smile.