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Treating TMJ Pain

Treating TMJ Pain

Comprehensive Treatment for TMJ Pain

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the U.S. National Institutes of Health estimated that there more than 11 million people in the U.S. suffering from TMJ problems.

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is a small joint located in front of the ear that connects the lower jaw to the skull, allowing us to open or close our mouth as we chew, eat, speak, etc.

Symptoms of TMJ disorders include the following:

  • Headaches, earaches
  • Facial, neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Jaw locking open or closed
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • Pain in the jaw joint and surrounding tissues, including the ear
  • Limited opening or inability to open the mouth comfortably
  • Bite that feels uncomfortable, "off" or as if it is always changing

TMJ Problems Can Greatly Affect the Quality of Your Life

Eating, chewing, talking, smiling—all of that requires fully functional and healthy jaw joints. But with TMJ problems, your everyday life will change. Pain, swelling and limited range of motion of your jaws will greatly affect your life.

At Laurel Lakes Cosmetic Dentistry, we treat TMJ-related disorders. With over 55 years of experience, our TMJ dentist and staff are highly trained in providing personalized treatments and exceptional results. One of our popular treatments include splint therapy.  Dr. Melnick has advanced training from both the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.

To achieve a healthy bite, we offer fully customized splints to stabilize the jaw joints and make therapeutic changes. Our patients have experienced considerable improvements in the health and function of their jaws after undergoing correction and pain treatment.

If you're struggling with jaw joint problems, come to Laurel Lakes Cosmetic Dentistry for comprehensive TMJ treatment. We can help you. We serve the communities of College Park, Columbia and nearby areas.

Put the pain and suffering away and get treatment for your TMJ problem at Laurel Lakes Cosmetic Dentistry. Call 301.498.6511 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation.