TMJ Treatment in Smyrna, GA
Dr. Dierkes performs TMJ treatments for the residents of Smyrna, 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?
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD or TMJ) are a set of conditions characterized by pain in the jaw joint and surrounding tissues. Affecting approximately 35 million people in the United States, these conditions can cause issues with speech, chewing and facial expressions.
Common symptoms of TMJ Disorders can include:
• A dull, aching pain in the jaw joint and surrounding tissues
• Facial, neck and shoulder pain
• Chronic headaches
• Stiffness, locking or limited movement of the jaw
• Ear pressure and pain
• Clicking, popping or other noise in the jaw joint
• A bite that doesn’t feel aligned
TMD related discomfort can go away without treatment within weeks. However, discomfort that lasts more than several weeks should be reviewed by your health care provider.
How is TMJ Treatment Performed?
Although there is no standard diagnostic test to identify TMD, these disorders can be recognized with a thorough review of the patient’s head and neck, plus image studies of the teeth and jaws. Blood tests may be included in order to rule out any other medical conditions.
While appliances are important to TMD treatment, Dr. Dierkes and our team offer several conservative, non-surgical approaches which allow the body the chance to heal itself. Your specific needs will determine our best course of action.
About Dr. Dierkes
Dr. J. Michael Dierkes has been creating award-winning smiles for more than 30 years. As a nationally recognized orthodontic specialist and practicing naturopathic physician, Dr. Dierkes takes a holistic approach to our patients. Reviewing the connections between teeth, bones, muscles with how they are affected by nutritional deficiencies, allergies or endocrine balances and not just treating symptoms, Dr. Dierkes ensures that our patients’ overall health is improved. Our entire staff is dedicated to ensuring that you achieve a beautiful smile.
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