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  • Can Dentistry Really Be Friendly and Gentle?   (page 3)
  • Seven Things You Should Know in Picking a Dentist   (page 2)
  • Why Do People Get in Trouble with Their Teeth – the Answer May Surprise You   (page 7)
  • Smile Transformations You Gotta See   (page 7)
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  • A Breakthrough Solution for Migraine and Chronic Headache Sufferers That Works!   (page 9)
  • Precision Dental Implants - Faster, More Comfortable – The Better Solution to the Problems of Missing Teeth   (page 10)
  • Bigger, Brighter, Whiter Smiles - How to Get Your Beautiful Smile   (page 14)
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  • One Visit Crowns are Now a Reality - Speed and Convenience   (page 17)
  • How To Look Years Younger Even if You Wear Dentures, The End of the "Denture Look" with Facelift Dentures   (page 18)
  • All About Dr Martin - Author, Teacher and Clinician - and Why You Should Know   (page 20)
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TMJ/TMD Problems

What is TMJ/TMD?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to the side of your head. When it works well, it enables you to talk, chew and yawn. However, if the joint is not aligned correctly or you have had trauma to the head or you have abnormal function or have hyperactive muscles, you may suffer from the chronic headaches, jaw pain, teeth grinding or other symptoms of TMJ/TMD. TMD stands for the term temperomandibular disease. This term is more frequently used today to reflect what we now know.

TMJ/TMD Symptoms, Treatment and Relief

For people with TMJ dysfunction or temperomandibular disease, problems with the joint and muscles around it may cause:

  • Chronic headaches including migraines
  • Pain that travels through the face, jaw or neck
  • Stiff jaw muscles
  • Restricted ability to chew
  • Limited movement of the jaw
  • Joint stuck out of proper position
  • Painful clicking or popping in the jaw
  • A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

Jaw pain, like all pain is the body’s way of saying something is wrong. Do it yourself treatment includes restricting your diet to soft foods for a few days or applying ice packs. A good rule of thumb is to treat the problem like a sprain – go easy on any activity that put pressure or strain on the jaw joint. Often the pain or discomfort will go away, only to recur a few weeks or months later. Caution with this approach as the recurrence of the pain and dysfunction is a significant sign that should be of concern and probably indicates a need for professional care by someone trained to handle TMJ/TMD issues.

Where Does Treatment Start?

Short answer: interview, history of problem, exam, testing and diagnosis.

Then What Happens?

Based on these a plan of care will be developed that can include a wide array of therapies including ultrasound, cold laser therapy, micro-current nerve stimulation, rehabilitation splints and mouth appliances, acupressure, massage, dental treatments for your bite and more.

All of these are designed to get you out of pain, improve function, realign the jaws in needed, relieve physical and emotional discomfort, and accelerate healing. The requirement is to get you back to normal life as quickly as possible and to help prevent recurrence. This is why we pay particular attention to bite forces and neck mobility. These are objective measures of proper function and stability.

Dr. Martin relieves the pain of TMJ disorders

For more information about our unique methods, check out our information on migraines and chronic headaches

Patients Testimonial

“Dr. Martin did a thorough assessment and formulated a treatment plan which he executed in his usual precise, patient-centered manner. Dr. Martin’s bedside manner is the best!! And his staff couldn’t be more congenial or professional.” – A.M.

“Dr. Martin and his staff are very courteous and efficient folks; they make going to the dentist seem like not such a bad thing!!! Thanks to all of you!” – Joe N.

“Dr. Martin and his assistant, were as always, skilled, professional, reassuring, and full of supportive, comforting good cheer!! It isn’t easy to work inside my tiny little mouth and yet Dr. Martin never grumbled once about the tight quarters!! He responded ever so promptly when I needed a little more “numbing up”. Thank you!! Thanks for the excellent care!” – Margaret M.

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