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Surprising Causes of Jaw Pain Disorder Marietta, GA

Surprising Causes of Jaw Pain Disorder

Jaw Pain

Did you know that nearly 36 million adults in the United States suffer from some form of chronic jaw pain? We rely on our jaw joint to eat, speak and yawn. If these daily actions become painful, it is time to let a dentist evaluate you for TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder.

It is easy to blame TMD on teething grinding or clenching (bruxism), and this is often the culprit. However, there are other conditions throughout the body that can contribute to painful jaw symptoms.

TMD involves the pain symptoms of the temporomandibular (jaw) joints as well as the jaw muscles and surrounding connective tissue. A complex range of conditions can contribute to jaw joint dysfunction, including genetic factors, gender (women of childbearing age suffer most), environment and behavior.

Recent research has also identified certain health problems in other parts of the body that are associated with TMD. In fact, a survey of approximately 1,500 TMD patients found that nearly two-thirds of them also suffered from three or more related health problems like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, depression and sleeping issues. It is important to realize and understand the complex relationship that your jaw has with other overall health conditions. Research is still evolving on this connection.

In the meantime, you can still find relief from your jaw pain with an experienced dentist. Most patients respond to traditional and conservative TMJ treatment, which can include physical therapy, thermal (hot or cold) compresses, medication and a soft-foods diet. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we recognize the wide range of causes for your jaw discomfort. You can trust that we will consider a diverse set of factors, as well as your overall health, when treating TMD. Call our Marietta office today to schedule your TMJ consult.

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

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Susan

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!

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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!

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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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