Proud part of a passionate group of dentists united
to provide dental care to patients of all ages.

Dentist Care for Jaw Pain

dca-blog_article-24_facts-about-tmj_1200x630

If you’re experiencing unexplained jaw or facial pain, you’re not alone. Approximately 15 percent of adults in the United States experience facial pain that may be related to their temporomandibular (TM) joints. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) refers to a group of conditions that affect TM joints as well as the muscles, ligaments, bones, and nerves around them. If you have TMJ, you may experience symptoms when you open your mouth or when you make side-motions with your lower jaw.

Symptoms of TMJ

If you have TMJ, you may experience the following symptoms on a regular basis:

  • Pain in or around ears
  • Jaw pain when biting, chewing, or yawning
  • Difficulty closing or opening the mouth
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Tenderness of the jaw
  • Clicking or popping noises or sensations in the jaw area
  • Jaw pain or soreness in the morning or late afternoon
  • Unexplained tooth sensitivity

Potential Causes of TMJ

  • Jaw dislocation or injury
  • Arthritis
  • Malocclusion
  • Bruxism
  • Emotional stress and anxiety

Diagnosing TMJ

It’s essential to seek professional dentist care if you experience persistent symptoms of TMJ. The exact causes of the condition can be difficult to pinpoint. If you visit a clinic for affordable dental in Atlanta, the dentist can examine your head and jaw and take X-rays of your joints. That way he or she can often determine if you have TMJ and recommend an effective treatment. If your diagnosis is unclear, you may be referred to a TMJ specialist. Sometimes tooth or sinus problems can mimic TMJ. Also, behavioral and psychological issues can be factors that contribute to symptoms. With time and help from a skilled TMJ specialist, you can get to the bottom of your jaw pain.

Treatment Options for TMJ

With proper dentist care, TMJ is usually a manageable condition. Possible treatment options include:

  • Moist heat application
  • Night guards to treat tooth-grinding
  • Dental repair of poorly aligned teeth
  • Resting the joint
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Relaxation or biofeedback techniques

What to Do if You Suspect that You Have TMJ

If you exhibit symptoms of TMJ, you should find a clinic for affordable dental in Atlanta for a diagnosis. Symptoms may go away without treatment, so plan to start out with a conservative treatment strategy. In severe cases, more invasive and permanent treatments may be appropriate.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Atlanta, call Imagix Dental today or make an appointment.

Imagix Dental and its affiliated practices offer affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Atlanta. Our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. Our practices provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover affordable dentists who truly care.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Professional, friendly and wonderful dental and front desk staff!
Mapy P.
My wife and I took our 1 year old to Hickory Flat Dental for the first check up. Dr. Prempeh was great! Very friendly and informative, with the heart of a teacher. The staff was delightful as well.
No-rah C.
AMAZING PLACE!!!!!
Brandy E.
love Dr. Butler, Sherry and Shikira and everyone else in the office. They have always been so kind and friendly and undestanding to me. I have medical issues that make it difficult to have certain […]
Sandy L.
The front desk was very professional and offered great customer service. The doctor and her assistant was approachable. They offered excellent services and great patient care.
Carlos R.
Great location, friendly staff, good appointment times, nice office.
Jason H.
I love the staff here there’s are great. Even when you have temporary memory loss and miss your appointment. They were able to reschedule my appointment asap. We have never met an associate here […]
Maria M.
The dentist dr. Lee was very patient with me period I was extremely nervous about the procedure and he did things step by step and did not rush me. I felt at ease and the procedure went well and […]
Ponda K.
This group of women really do care about these kids an take time out to discuss the treatment with the parents an make the kids feel comfortable before the procedure…. I love this office!!!
London K.
The entire appointment was very fast. Staff knew exactly what to do and how to handle my child’s “singing” as they call it. Very informative as well and accommodating to having everyone be a […]
Enzo J.
On time made me feel comfortable
Neal S.
Although there are many dentist offices closer to my home I have found Hickory Flat Dental to be far superior. At every point of my visit I am very satisfied and am completely knowledgeable as to […]
Teddye H.
Our little one can’t wait to go to the dentist!!! She has been so excited the last few days, counting down until her appointment today. She loves the staff and they love her. She’s only 4, but […]
Lorene P.
This isn’t like going to the dentist, it’s like visiting family. I would highly recommend these very friendly people. You’ll feel like you’re coming home.
Sam T.
Everyone provided excellent customer service from the Receptionist to the Dentist. They made sure I was comfortable and satisfied.
Jocelyn J.
I love this Imagix location. Karen (hygienist) and Peter (assistant) did an amazing job. I have a lot of sensitivity and she was able to make the cleaning process easy and painless. By far, Karen is […]
Je R.
I absolutely love hickory flat dental. Dr. Lee and Dr. Rigg are both incredible and have done amazing work. My personal experience has been flawless. Painless procedures and very kind employees.
BrieAnna H.
The front office staff, assistants and Dr. Larsen are all very caring.
Spencer F.
Dr. Patel and Charlelisa were great. I was so nervous. They made me feel comfortable. They took their time with me and explained every detail to set the expectation of what was going to happen! They […]
KaSondra A.
Friendly and professional staff. Also the option of late appointments.
Kaylar C.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here