TMJ Treatment in Alpharetta, GA
Dr. Dierkes provides treatment for TMJ for the residents of Alpharetta, GA.
Satisfying results in TMJ treatment are accomplished by Dr. Dierkes for residents of Alpharetta, GA. Chronic pain of the head and neck attributed to TMJ is professionally treated by Dr. Dierkes, setting our practice apart from the majority of orthodontic offices.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ, short for temporomandibular joint, is a ball-and-socket joint located where the lower part of the jaw connects to the head. This joint is considered to be one of the most complex in the body for a variety of reasons. As the body’s only sliding-hinge joint, dislocation of either jaw joint can contribute to chronic pain such as migraine-like headaches. It is a load or weight bearing joint as well, causing the creation of many pounds upon square inch during the clenching process.
How is TMJ Treatment Performed?
A tomogram x-ray will be performed on each TM joint during your first visit to assess the relationship between the ball and socket. Medical and dental history will be gathered in addition to evaluations of teeth relationships and head/neck muscles. Assessment results will be explained by Dr. Dierkes and care recommendations made. We employ a non-surgical treatment approach using holistic care options. Treatment is specific to each individual and could include nutritional and hormonal assessments, splint therapy, trigger point injections, prolotherapy, Botox or regenerative medicine.
About Dr. Dierkes
As an orthodontist and practicing naturopathic physician, Dr. Dierkes is dedicated to offering residents of Alpharetta, GA a holistic treatment approach to TMJ. Careful thought is given to relationships between TMJ, allergies, muscles, teeth and nutritional imbalances. Dr. Dierkes believes in an “all things considered” approach and provides both education and communication throughout the doctor/patient relationship. Additional time may be required using the naturopathic approach but the superior care and results exceed TMJ treatment alone to increase the positive cumulative health of the patient.
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