Published: 10/05/2017

If you have been experiencing clicking or popping sounds when your jaw moves, jaw pain, headaches, or inability to move your jaw, you may have temporomandibular joint problems. TMJ disorder, or TMD, can be debilitating. It can affect your sleeping patterns and your ability to eat or speak. Thankfully, Dr. Daren Becker is a Pankey-trained professional and has several treatment options for you. You do not have to suffer needlessly through TMD-related pain.

TMD Symptoms and Causes

If gone untreated, TMD can lead to more severe symptoms than those listed above. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Chronic, severe headaches
  • Depression

TMD is often caused by bruxism, trauma or injury to the teeth or joint, stress, arthritis, or bite misalignment. Some of these causes can be treated by a regular dentist, but if you’re already experiencing the symptoms of TMD, it’s likely not to resolve your problem.

Treatment Options for TMD

There are many simple at-home remedies that can be effective in treating TMD, but if the symptoms are severe enough, a more in-depth treatment is often required. As part of Dr. Becker’s Pankey training, he has taken numerous continuing education courses to learn about TMD and the best methods for treatment. This has afforded him a unique understanding of how this joint operates, which in turn gives him exceptional insight on how best to repair it when not functioning properly.

Bite guards have proven to be one of the most effective forms of treatment for TMD, specifically when the disorder has been caused by bruxism or teeth grinding. Bite guards are very effective at preventing jaw damage by limiting excessive movement, particularly during sleep. There are countless patients who have had their TMD resolved with this treatment.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please call our office as soon as possible. You don’t have to live with TMD. Dr. Becker will gladly get you back to living your life contact us to treat your TMJ in Atlanta, GA today!

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