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TMJ Dentist in McDonough

As part of your complete dental examination, our dentists, Dr. Gary Bartholomew and Dr. Alex Bartholomew, will evaluate the teeth and jaw joints to observe for signs of teeth grinding (bruxism), teeth clenching, or difficulties with normal jaw opening and closing.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

cone beam x ray view of the teeth and jaw

Our McDonough dental practice is equipped with cone beam CBCT diagnostic radiography to support our dentists in evaluating the overall health of the jaw joints, teeth and facial structures. This 3D imaging technology provides multiple views of the bone and soft tissue to share findings with our patients and to assist with treatment recommendations.


Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ), or “jaw joints,” are the hinged joints on either side of the jaw that are responsible for opening and closing the mouth. Some patients experience recurring jaw joint pain and discomfort and suffer from a condition known as “Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction” (TMD) in which one or both joints do not move in a smooth, fluid manner.

TMD Symptoms

Common symptoms of TMD include chronic soreness or pain in jaw joints accompanied by frequent headaches, limited jaw function, pain in the neck, shoulders or upper back areas, or pain and pressure in the face and ears.

While clicking and popping of the jaw joints is not necessarily a sign of a problem, teeth grinding (bruxism) or clenching during sleep are often related to TMD.

TMD Causes

TMJ Disorders can be caused by a number of related dental and medical conditions, such as jaw injury, joint dislocation and inflammation, arthritis or stress, to name a few. Our dentists will work closely with you and your physician to help uncover underlying factors that may be contributing to TMD symptoms. We may recommend that you see a dental specialist, such as an oral surgeon or periodontist.

TMD Treatment and Pain Management Therapy

Treatment for TMD is varied; some patients find relief from occasional discomfort using over the counter pain relievers or cold compresses combined with a soft diet for a few days.

Often a therapeutic approach using a bite appliance worn at night (nightguard) to protect the jaw joints from bruxism or clenching can help manage more chronic symptoms. Our dentists may also recommend exercises to help with management of jaw muscle pain.

TMD Relief Near You

If you are experiencing jaw pain, headaches, neck pain or migraine headaches, don't suffer in silence. Please Contact Bartholomew Comprehensive Dental Care to schedule a complete dental examination and TMJ analysis and get the answers you need.