Teeth aren’t the only things that an experienced Buckhead dentist like Dr. Jolanda Warren of Buckhead Esthetic Dentistry can help with. She also offers TMJ therapy in her dental practice. Your temporomandibular joint or TMJ is the hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. Problems with this particular joint can affect how you talk and chew, and these TMJ problems are collectively called temporomandibular disorders or TMD. Though there’s no definite cause for these disorders, scientists have a laundry list of suspects: damage to the muscles, grinding teeth, arthritis, and stress.
No matter what the cause, TMD will result in a similar set of symptoms. The primary sign is pain in the jaw. This is usually focused on the chewing muscles and jaw joint, though the pain can radiate toward your shoulders. The pain can also lead to headaches, dizziness, and migraines. Another sign of TMD is when you experience occasional ringing in the ears.