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Conservative Treatment for Your TMD Marietta, GA

Conservative Treatment for Your TMD

Jaw Pain Marietta GA

There is no doubt about it; jaw pain is highly disruptive. When the jaw joint becomes inflamed, stiff or painful, it can make everyday life much less enjoyable. A large majority of jaw pain cases are a result of TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. Your TMJ (jaw joint) allows you to open and close your mouth, which means your speech and eating rely on its ability to function comfortably. In addition, TMD symptoms can go beyond jaw pain. Sufferers frequently have headaches, ear pain, facial pain, limited jaw movement and more. If you’ve been diagnosed with TMD, you are probably very ready for a solution.

Treatment for TMD can be divided into two broad categories: aggressive and conservative. While there are varying theories on which type is best, most patients and dentists prefer to select conservative therapies first. Not only are they less invasive, but studies have shown that conservative TMD therapy is highly effective for most patients.

Conservative treatments are based on the assumption that the jaw joint should be treated like any other joint in the body when it produces discomfort. Therefore, therapies include thermal treatments (ice and heat application), physical therapy (stretching, jaw exercises, and massage) as well as pain or muscle relaxant medication. For patients whose TMD is caused by teeth grinding, a custom mouth guard and/or BOTOX can be used to break the clenching habit and reduce the intensity of the clenching and grinding. These conservative methods tend to provide symptom relief as well as allow the jaw joint to recover or heal from the excessive strain and pressure.

On the other end of the spectrum are the aggressive treatments. This may include correcting a misaligned bite or altering the position of the jaw. Treatment can range from wearing braces to undergoing jaw surgery. It may also be possible to alter the bite surfaces by using dental bonding or crown/bridge work. Most aggressive treatments are not only more invasive, but also irreversible.

At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we understand your desperation to find an effective, long-term solution for your TMD. We will carefully evaluate your symptoms and recommend the most conservative treatment method possible. Our dentist stays at the forefront of his field, which means we utilize the latest, most proven therapies when it comes to treating jaw pain.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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