TMJ Dentist

LaGrange TMJ Dentist
Top rated TMJ dental care at Kersey Dental in LaGrange, GA

Dr. Kersey is a top rated TMJ Treatment dentist in LaGrange offering the highest level of dental health care.

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Dr. Kersey earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 2006. He is passionate about continuing his education and attends courses throughout the year to stay abreast of ongoing changes in the field of dentistry.

“Fantastic! The whole office is wonderful! Their priority is the patient’s care.”

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TMJ or TMD Treatment

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which connects the lower jaw to the skull. This joint allows you to open and close your mouth, chew, and speak with ease. You can feel your TMJ move if you place your finger against your earlobe as you open your mouth.

The TMJ is a delicate joint that is prone to becoming damaged or inflamed. When this happens, your joint won’t move as freely as it used to and may even feel locked. It can be painful to open and close your mouth, eat, or chew.

Dentists use the term TMD (temporomandibular disorders) to describe the various disorders that can affect the TMJ joint. Pain can be used by many factors, but the most frequent causes of TMD discomfort are:

Bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching)
Hyperextending your jaw
Inflammation or injury to the joint
Improper bite

The most common signs of TMJ are headaches, joint soreness, muscular pain near the joint, limited range of motion, and a clicking or popping sound when opening or closing the mouth.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact our office so we can help. Dr. Kersey will examine your mouth and jaw to determine the source of your pain and create a treatment plan to ease your discomfort.

Video 01:01 | Teeth grinding also known as Bruxism, often happens at night during sleep. Bruxism may be related to stress and anxiety, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or temporomandibular joint. Learn more about the symptoms of teeth grinding and find out how your dentist can fit you with a mouth protector to help guard your teeth during sleep.

Teeth Grinding or Bruxism

Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding or clenching, is one of the most frequent causes of TMJ pain. Bruxism commonly occurs at nighttime while sleeping, and patients often wake up with headaches, pain, or soreness in the jaw.

If you are dealing with TMJ pain, bruxism may be the culprit. Dr. Kersey can look for signs of teeth grinding during an examination at our office. Patients who grind their teeth often have worn teeth or even cracks or chips in their teeth from the constant pressure. If he suspects bruxism during a check-up, he may recommend wearing a nightguard to protect your teeth and joints.

A night guard is custom-made to fit over the upper or lower teeth and prevent the damage caused by teeth grinding. This keeps your teeth strong, reduces tooth sensitivity, and helps relax your facial muscles and relieve the TMJ joint.

It is important to note that because teeth clenching happens when you sleep, you may not even realize you grind your teeth. That’s why it’s important to visit the dentist so they can uncover the root cause of what is causing your jaw pain.

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