Relief from TMJ

Can you relate to any of the following?

  • Pain or tenderness in your jaw, face, neck, or area surrounding you ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth
  • Frequent morning headaches
  • A popping or clicking sound when you chew, especially if you chew on one particular side of your mouth
  • A tired feeling in your face
  • Your jaw “locks” in to position
  • Toothaches, headaches, ringing in the ears, or hearing problems

All of the above symptoms can be signs of TMJ disorder. The temporomandibular joint is the hinge that connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull to allow the jaw to move up, down, and side to side. The movements are necessary for chewing, speaking, laughing, and yawning. Many people suffer from symptoms that seem unrelated to TMJ disorder and do not have them checked out. For instance, many people do not associate the ringing sound that they hear in their ears with TMJ, but it is a very common symptom.

At Pure Dental Health, we are a comprehensive dental practice that offers relief from your TMJ discomfort and pain. Our doctors are committed to helping patients find the correct treatment in order to alleviate their symptoms. Correct diagnosis is necessary in order to treat the cause of this disorder. We use the latest in technology and dental techniques to relieve painful symptoms to help you regain a quality of life that you have been missing.

If you are looking for a comprehensive dental practice to trust here in the Atlanta area, Pure Dental Health is here for you. Our practice is currently accepting new patients, and we look forward to getting to know you and helping you take care of your smile.

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Pure Dental HealthAtlanta Dentist
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

Are Your Teeth Causing Your Headaches?

It may seem odd, but if you suffer from recurring headaches the best person to discuss this with may be your dentist. Many people who do not find relief from frequent headaches after visiting their physician and going through treatment often find that they are actually experiencing what are considered to be “dental headaches.” Most dental headaches are classified as tension headaches because they are the result of muscular tension that builds up around the facial and jaw region. There are many different causes of muscular tension in this area, and your dentist can help you pinpoint the exact cause. At Pure Dental Health, we offer the NTI night guard system for patients who suffer from troubling headaches.

Some of the most common causes of dental headaches are grinding the teeth, clenching the jaw, and a misaligned bite. Any of these factors can cause the muscles in the jaw to continually overcompensate or remain taut. Both of these muscle stimulations can cause pain and soreness in the jaw that radiates throughout the jaw. The NTI night guard system is used to help patients find the right alignment of their jaw while they sleep and to prevent clenching or grinding of the teeth. At Pure Dental Health, we are concerned with our patients’ overall health, and we are proud to provide the FDA approved NTI night guard system for the treatment of headaches.

If you suffer from recurring headaches and/or pain in your jaw, please contact Pure Dental Health in Buckhead today. We offer high quality dental care at competitive prices, and we would welcome the opportunity to serve you. If you suffer from headaches, please do not continue to suffer needlessly without talking to Dr. Scott at Pure Dental Health. We look forward to helping you.

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Pure Dental HealthAtlanta Dentist
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

Treatments For TMJD

TMJD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder: a chronic condition affecting the Temporomandibular (jaw) joint.  This disorder is the most common form of oral or facial pain and currently affects over 100 million Americans.  People with TMJD experience chronic symptoms including jaw pain, ear pain, dizziness, a clicking or popping noise in the jaw and headaches.  Severe TMJD symptoms can cause sufferers to miss work and to experience a reduced quality of life.

Current treatments for TMJD include anti-inflammatory medications, night splints, orthodontic procedures, bite adjustment treatments and dental restorations.  Often, physicians and dentists will work together to find a solution for treating the symptoms.  However, even with these treatments, some individuals are not able to find relief.  For this reason, there is much research being conducted on this disorder.  A recent study published in the August issue of the journal Pain, detailed a study in mice conducted by researchers at Duke Medicine.  In this study, the researchers we able to identify a protein, TRPV4, that is critical to TMJD pain.  This newly identified protein could be a promising target for developing treatments for TMJD.

If you experience chronic ear pain, jaw pain, dizziness or other symptoms, you may be suffering from TMJD.  It may be caused by a “bad bite” or misaligned jaw or by clenching or grinding your teeth at night, when you sleep.  If your TMJD is caused by a bad bite, your dentist may recommend an orthodontic treatment or dental restorations to better align your jaw joint.  If your symptoms are caused by clenching or grinding your teeth at night when you sleep, your dentist may recommend that you wear a night splint.

Don’t let the symptoms of TMJD negatively affect your quality of life.  Visit your dentist today so he or she can help you get some relief from your symptoms and an improved quality of life.

Posted of behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

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Stress and TMJ

With the high unemployment rate, high foreclosure rate and an uncertain economy, many of us are feeling very stressed these days.  Stress, if not dealt with properly, can have a negative affect on your overall health, including your dental health.  In some cases, stress can cause a person to clench or grind their teeth.  This can cause damage to your teeth and gums and lead to migraine headaches, TMJ and other jaw disorders.  In fact, many dentists are reporting a higher than usual number of patients who are coming into their offices seeking treatment for migraine headaches and TMJ.  So what can be done about it?

If you are experiencing the symptoms of TMJ such as headache, dizziness, a popping sound in your jaw and ringing in the ears, you may want to schedule an appointment with your dentist so he or she can check for signs that you are clenching or grinding your teeth.  Many times, this happens at night and you may or may not be aware of it.  You dentist can also examine your teeth to see if your clenching and/or grinding has caused any damage to your teeth, gums or jaw.  If it is determined that clenching or grinding your teeth is causing your pain and other symptoms, you may need to be fitted for a custom mouthguard.

Pure Dental Health offers the FDA approved NTI Night Guard system.  The NTI night guard is much smaller than other night guards.  It’s smaller size and more comfortable fit makes patients more likely to want to wear it.  If your stress is negatively affecting your dental health, call Pure Dental Health and schedule an appointment with Dr. Justin Scott today.

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