TMJ Treatment

When stress is put on the temporomandibular joint in the jaw, it can become dysfunctional and painful. Problems can occur with the joint, tendons and muscles in the jaw, referred to as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders or TMD. There are approximately 10 million Americans that suffer from TMJ disorders, many caused by dental misalignment. Dr. Wayne Suway specializes in TMJ treatment to give our patients from Smyrna, Sandy Springs and the Atlanta area relief from their symptoms.

Many times, TMJ disorders are caused by stress put on the jaw joint due to poor alignment of the teeth and jaw. This constant misalignment can be the source of the pain and discomfort felt by those suffering from TMD. Correcting the causes of the misalignment can relieve stress on the temporomandibular joint and surrounding tissues. Dr. Suway offers a variety of treatment options to adjust alignment, alleviating the discomfort and dysfunction that often accompanies TMJ disorders.

Common Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

Those with TMJ disorders can have a wide variety of symptoms. Some are localized in the jaw area, while others may radiate to the head, ears and neck. It is possible to have TMD and not have localized pain. When this occurs, TMJ disorders are often misdiagnosed and improperly treated. Patients may have one or several of the following symptoms with TMD:

  • Localized jaw and face pain
  • Popping, clicking or grinding when opening and closing the jaw
  • Ear aches
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Locking jaw
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing

When these symptoms are present, it is important to have a comprehensive exam performed to identify whether it is a TMJ disorder. If left untreated, TMD can continue to put stress on the jaw and teeth and may require surgery to correct. If diagnosed and treated early, the condition can be reversed and more invasive treatments may be avoided.

Diagnosis and Treatment of TMD

Dr. Suway uses his extensive experience in dentistry and TMJ disorders to carefully perform exams on those experiencing TMD symptoms. TMJ disorders can be identified through performing x-rays and a physical exam, as well as utilizing a TMJ Doppler unit. This specialized tool can detect temporomandibular joint noises that can be instrumental in diagnosing TMD and the extent of the damage.

When TMD is the diagnosis, Dr. Suway will look at the underlying causes to determine the best treatment. Each patient is unique, and treatment needs to be customized to address the issues causing misalignment or jaw joint stress. Addressing bite alignment is often the key to relieving symptoms. Broken or misshaped teeth, over/under bites and other issues can affect alignment. Fixing these issues can be crucial in relieving TMJ symptoms. Dr. Suway may recommend a temporary bite guard to align the teeth and jaw until permanent treatment can be performed. Changing the shape of the teeth, using dental restoration treatments, orthodontics or permanent bite guards may be recommended for long-term relief.

Get Relief from TMJ Symptoms

If you live in Smyrna or Sandy Springs and have suffered from the symptoms of TMD, find relief by visiting Dr. Wayne Suway in Atlanta. Dr. Suway is a master dentist with over 30 years in practice, offering advanced dentistry options for treating TMJ disorders. He can perform a comprehensive exam to diagnose TMD and determine the best options for treatment.

Contact our office today to schedule your TMJ exam and consultation for treatment. Our clinic accepts most forms of dental insurance and CareCredit, as well as multiple forms of payment. Call today to start your journey to freedom from TMJ disorder discomfort.

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD.

Our Patient Reviews

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 40 reviews

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.