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Help for Your Popping Jaw Marietta, GA

Help for Your Popping Jaw

Jaw Pain Marietta GA

Is your jaw popping or clicking every time you yawn or take a big bite? You may need treatment for TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. In many cases, ignoring jaw joint symptoms can lead to more disruptive issues, such as difficulty opening and closing the mouth, tension headaches, ear pain, facial pain and more. Therefore, while your popping jaw may simply be an annoyance now, it can become painful and limiting if not treated properly. Our Marietta dentist can identify and treat your TMJ disorder so that you can avoid uncomfortable symptoms and protect your smile function.

Do You Have TMD?

TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, occurs when the jaw joint (and the surrounding muscles and nerves) become irritated or strained. Since the TMJ is responsible for opening and closing your mouth, patients will begin to suffer the consequences when this joint gets damaged or inflamed. The following are common symptoms of TMD:

  • headaches and migraines
  • ear pain
  • soreness in the face, jaw, shoulders or neck
  • popping or crackling sensation in the jaw
  • jaw stiffness

TMD is a condition that can get progressively worse over time and impact your quality of life. Let a qualified TMJ dentist give you a proper diagnosis and treatment plan if you are suffering from these symptoms.

Is Bruxism the Culprit?

How does TMD develop? The most prevalent culprit of jaw joint problems is bruxism. When patients grind or clench their teeth, it can put tremendous pressure and stress on the jaw joint. If bruxism persists during nighttime sleep, the daytime often presents with some level of jaw pain, headaches and a popping jaw. While TMJ stress can also occur with poor dental alignment, facial injury or tooth loss, patients should consider teeth grinding as a primary suspect when determining the cause of their TMD.

Treating your Clicking Jaw with a Custom Nightguard

The good news is that while we can’t stop a subconscious habit during your sleep, we can protect your smile with a custom nightguard. This comfortable oral appliance fits like a mouthguard and repositions the jaw to ease pressure and prevent further symptoms. It can also serve as a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth to prevent premature tooth wear due to bruxism.

Don’t endure your popping or clicking jaw any longer. Call Gilreath Family Dentistry today to learn your TMD treatment options.

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

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

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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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