Gary A. Bartholomew, DMD


TMJ Therapy

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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 Treatment
Treatment for TMD is varied; some patients find relief from occasional discomfort using over the counter pain relievers or cold compresses. In some cases, 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. Referral to dental or medical specialists is sometimes necessary.

As part of your complete dental examination, Dr. Bartholomew will evaluate both jaw joints (TMJ) and each tooth surface to observe for signs of teeth grinding or clenching. If you "catch yourself" grinding or clenching your teeth or are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMD, please bring this to our attention so that we can develop a treatment plan to help keep your teeth and jaw joints healthy and pain-free.

If you suffer from jaw joint soreness or pain, Contact Us to schedule a complete dental examination and TMJ analysis.


Gary A. Bartholomew, DMD
350 Country Club Drive, Suite E
Stockbridge, Georgia 30281
Ph:  770.507.7435

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