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4.9 Stars | 488 Reviews

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Find Relief with TMJ Treatment

At Smiles For Life, we offer comprehensive TMJ treatment to help alleviate your symptoms and restore harmony to your jaw function.

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What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) at either side of your jaw make it possible to open and close your mouth. When these joints become inflamed, it can cause a condition called TMJ disorder. Symptoms of TMJ disorder can range from pain or tenderness in the jaw to facial pain and headaches.

In addition to pain or tenderness in the jaw, facial pain, and headaches, TMJ disorder can present with a variety of other symptoms. Some individuals may experience a clicking or popping sound when they open or close their mouth, which can be accompanied by a sensation of the jaw getting stuck or locked in position. This can make it difficult to fully open or close the mouth and may result in discomfort while speaking, chewing, or yawning.

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Causes of TMJ?

TMJ disorder often occurs due to the upper and lower jaws failing to meet properly. As a result, the joints must overcompensate in order to achieve a comfortable bite. Over time, this can place significant strain on the jaw joints. TMJ disorder can also occur due to:
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Stress

Emotional stress can lead to increased muscle tension, including the muscles around the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This muscle tension can contribute to the development or exacerbation of TMJ disorder symptoms.

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Jaw trauma

Trauma to the jaw, such as from a sports injury, accident, or a direct blow to the face, can damage the structures of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or the surrounding tissues.

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Chronic inflammatory arthritis

In some cases, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be affected by these conditions, leading to TMJ disorder. The inflammation in the TMJ can cause pain, stiffness, and difficulty in jaw movement.

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Grinding or clenching your teeth

In some cases, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be affected by these conditions, leading to TMJ disorder. The inflammation in the TMJ can cause pain, stiffness, and difficulty in jaw movement.

Symptoms of TMJ

Since TMJ disorder is a blanket term for a variety of conditions, there are many symptoms that could indicate an issue with your TMJs, such as:

Diagnosis of TMJ

At Smiles for Life, we can assess your medical history and symptoms. During your appointment, Dr. McIntyre or Dr. Whiting can examine your jaw, including the range of motion and any signs of incorrect movement.

We can also take a series of scans and x-rays to reveal problems with the joint or jawbone. Depending on the results of this examination, your dentist can design a treatment plan to address TMJ issues and alleviate your symptoms.

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Treatment Options

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For many patients, TMJ disorder can be resolved through self-care techniques. Some home remedies we recommend include:

Additionally, over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories are often helpful in reducing pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorder. For other patients, treatment of an underlying cause may be necessary. In some cases, a misalignment can be corrected using Invisalign® or a dental crown to reduce stress on your TMJs.
If your symptoms persist, your dentist can provide you with a custom mouth guard to wear while you sleep. The oral appliance gently moves your jaw into alignment and can prevent any grinding or clenching from worsening your symptoms.

Diagnosis of TMJ

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The symptoms of TMJ disorder can be persistent and painful, significantly impacting a person’s quality of life. At Smiles for Life, we recognize the importance of addressing this condition promptly and effectively to alleviate discomfort and restore proper jaw function.

Left untreated, TMJ disorder can worsen over time, leading to chronic pain, limited jaw movement, and difficulties with everyday activities such as eating, speaking, and even smiling. The pain and discomfort can extend beyond the jaw, affecting the surrounding facial muscles, neck, and even causing headaches.

Our experienced team at Smiles for Life is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for patients with TMJ disorder. We offer a range of personalized treatment options tailored to address the unique needs of each individual. Through a thorough evaluation, including a detailed examination of your jaw joint, muscles, and bite, we can accurately diagnose the underlying causes of your TMJ disorder and develop an effective treatment plan.

Our approach to TMJ disorder treatment may involve a combination of conservative measures and advanced techniques. We prioritize non-invasive approaches whenever possible, such as recommending lifestyle modifications, stress management techniques, and jaw exercises to reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation.

In addition, we may suggest the use of oral appliances, also known as splints or mouthguards, to help reposition the jaw and provide relief from grinding or clenching habits. These custom-made appliances are designed to alleviate pressure on the TMJ and protect the teeth from further damage caused by bruxism.

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Meet The Team

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Our Smiles for Life Patients Know

That They Can Rely On Us
Linda Clague
5/5

Alex, . Morgan, and Dr Geo are very personable and professional. I felt very relaxed the entire visit.I especially appreciated Dr. Geo's careful mouth and teeth exam. They explained everything step by step and allowed time for questions.

Mclatt
5/5

On my first visit I meet Becky, we sat down and talked about everything they do there and she allowed me to tell her about my issues with my teeth and she felt that they could help me with my problem. This is the first time I have ever been able to explain, in detail, about my past and present experiences with my dental problems. She made me feel very comfortable in taking about my care and what I would like to have done with my denture issue's. I have set up my next appointment to have x-rays done and feel very good about that! I'm looking forward to my visit and what they have to say about fixing my problem .

Dolly Kite
5/5

My dad had the appt there at the office for a broken tooth. They worked him in and made the experience as pleasant as possible for an 86 year old man. I appreciate the care, understanding and patience for him. Great visit! Great Doctor!!

beverly morris
5/5

I go to smiles for life I can't thank them enough for there kindness and caring I really like Dr Geo there all awesome but he's my favorite ♥️ they are all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable just like one big Happy family

Lynn Reedy
5/5

The best staff !! The most friendly staff of any dentist office I have ever been too. Dr Geo is the best. Super friendly. Recommend this dentist office to any one especially if you have a fear of dentist (as I myself ).

Warren Wise
5/5

Just had my first visit with Dr. Whiting at Smiles for Life in Bridgewater. My welcome to the office was warm and inviting. The dental assistant was professional, proficient, and very gentle. Dr.Whiting is very good at explaining problems he saw with my teeth and outline options for addressing those problems.

Jennifer Harper
5/5

Cathy Batton is an amazing hygienist and is so gentle but very thorough. She is very kind, and I am always happy to see her when I go to the dentist! She makes going to the dentist more fun!

Sandy Miller
5/5

I love Cathy!! She does a great job and is always very personable and professional. Give her a raise!! 😊 Everyone at Smiles for Life is great! If you’re looking for a dentist, I would highly recommend them.

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