TMJ Treatment

Facial and jaw pain are just two of the many symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, or TMD. Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from TMD, a condition that is often caused by bite misalignment. There is no reason to live with TMJ disorder. Many people with TMD can get relief with advanced dental treatments to reduce stress on their jaw joint. Dr. Wayne Suway DDS, MAGD, offers TMJ treatment at his clinic in Atlanta, inviting patients from Marietta, East Cobb and the surrounding communities.

When the teeth and jaw are misaligned, it can strain the temporomandibular joint and the surrounding tissue. The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw to the skull, allowing for side-to-side and up and down movements. When the teeth from the upper and lower jaw do not align properly, this can put stress on the jaw joint, tendons and muscles. The result is TMD, which can cause a variety of symptoms. If not treated, TMJ disorders tend to worsen and may need surgery to correct.

Common TMD Symptoms

Every case of TMD can be slightly different, depending on how severe the joint strain is and what components of the jaw are affected. There are common symptoms that are shared between most people who suffer from a TMJ disorder. Some people may have a few of these symptoms, others may have several:

  • Jaw pain and facial tenderness
  • Popping or clicking in the jaw when opened or closed
  • Ringing in the ears or tinnitus
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Pain in upper back, shoulders or neck
  • Numbness radiating in arms or hands
  • Difficulty chewing or opening the jaw

Most people with TMJ disorder have localized pain or discomfort in the jaw area, but it is possible to have TMD without jaw pain. These cases can be misdiagnosed as migraines, sinus or neck issues when the cause of the symptoms is in the jaw. It is important to visit a master dentist like Dr. Suway to get a comprehensive dental exam to determine whether TMD may be the cause of your symptoms.

Diagnosing TMJ Disorders

Dr. Suway uses advanced techniques and tools to diagnose TMJ disorders. Since TMJ disorders can vary in severity and symptoms, Dr. Suway performs a physical examination, views x-rays and uses a TMJ Doppler unit to determine if a patient has TMD and the level of severity. Using the data gathered during the exam, Dr. Suway can create a treatment plan to reduce strain on the jaw and relieve the symptoms.

For most patients with TMJ disorder, bite alignment treatment can offer relief. When the teeth and jaw align, the tendons and joint are not strained, and symptoms dissipate. This can be achieved through dental treatments to reshape or restore teeth for better alignment. Fixing broken teeth or replacing missing teeth can help with alignment. In some cases, a temporary or permanent bite guard can adjust the alignment, offering relief from TMJ disorder.

Dr. Suway uses his expertise from decades as a master dentist to find the best treatment solution for his patients with TMD. When the tendons, muscles, nerves, teeth and jaw joint are aligned and not impinged, the pain and jaw dysfunction common with TMD fades away. Making a few adjustments can stop the headaches and pain, offering relief for those with varying degrees of TMJ disorder.

If you live in Marietta or East Cobb and have symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wayne Suway for a diagnosis. Dr. Suway can find an effective treatment option to give you relief and stop the progression of your TMJ disorder. Contact our dentist office in Atlanta today to schedule your appointment.

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD.

Our Patient Reviews

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Missy Stone

I have known Dr. Suway for 30 years. My parents found him originally and made me a believer and life long friend and patient. In the years since, I have recommended my husband, son and friends. I would hear that going to the dentist was a fear of many people. I could never understand that because it was always a pleasure to come to Dr. Suway’s office. His staff are so professional, gentle and kind. It’s nice to see the same faces twice a year. You can tell they love working with him. I tell people that Dr. Suway gives the best shots – you can’t even feel a pinch. My son who hates needles, has no problem getting a shot for a filling. I love Dr. Suway’s personality. When you walk in the office you might hear him singing a country western song. I have porcelain veneers on my front teeth and am so thrilled. It’s been 10 years and they are still white and beautiful. He is an artist and perfectionist who loves to make people happy. I recommend Dr. Suway to become your dentist. He is a man of character and professionalism, yet down to earth. If you choose Dr. Suway, you’ll get an excellent dentist, but also a friend for life.

Dennis & Maria Liber

Dr. Suway is very relaxed and as a result we find that we are very relaxed as well. He takes the time to listen when we have concerns and he answers questions fully. We never feel like he is rushing from us to another patient. When we do need fillings, crowns or any other extensive work, he is concerned that we are comfortable and feeling no pain.

Nealean K. Austin

Through the years, we have found Dr. Suway to be a skillful perfectionist in all areas of his profession. He keeps abreast of and utilizes the latest dental techniques to improve and ensure the longevity of his patient’s teeth. He is a caring, personable professional who always greets his patients with a sincere, ready smile. Dr. Suway is also a ‘confidence booster.’ I say this because by the time I was 30 years old I was wearing dentures. He immediately recognized a self-conscious young wife, mother and professional who needed his professional help. His approach to boosting my confidence was through dental implants. At that time dental implants were a relatively new procedure. Dr. Suway carefully explained to me the advantages of dental implants and was proactive in working with my insurance provider to ensure that they understood the correlation between the required dental procedures and health plan benefits. I can smile with confidence forever because of Dr. Suway. Dr. Suway’s staff is a mirror image of his positive professionalism. They are always courteous, knowledgeable, efficient and personable. Appointments are scheduled at your convenience. You know that your time is valued because at the precise time of your appointment you are greeted, then immediately seen by either Dr. Suway or a hygienist. His work is outstanding and he is one of a kind.

Allison Lewis

My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Suway since 1988. Dr. Suway and his staff have provided us with state-of-the-art oral health care in a pleasant, friendly and compassionate environment for many years. Dr. Suway has done many procedures for me including root canals, crowns and a bridge. His work is beautiful. He is truly a perfectionist and that is exactly what I want in a dentist. I would never trust my smile to anyone other then Dr. Suway.