TMJ Treatment

Those who suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder understand the pain and discomfort this oral condition can cause. TMJ disorder, or TMD, affects an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. and can have a variety of symptoms that impact their jaw function and comfort. Dr. Wayne Suway, DDS, MAGD, has decades of experience helping his patients overcome dental and oral health issues, including TMD. If you live in Cumberland or the Windy Hill area and suffer from TMJ disorder, Dr. Suway offers expert treatment options at his clinic in Atlanta.

The temporomandibular joint connects the skull and lower jaw, and it is responsible for allowing the mouth to open and close. The tendons and muscles in the jaw and face allow movement and pressure for talking, chewing and breathing. When too much stress is put on this joint, it can become painful or dysfunctional. It can be difficult to open the mouth or painful to chew, along with many other symptoms. TMJ disorders can involve the tendons, muscles, bone and cartilage in and around the jaw joint and are often caused by bite alignment and dental issues.

Varying Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

Most people with TMJ disorders experience jaw pain or facial tenderness around the jaw, but the symptoms are not always localized. A problem with the jaw joint may cause radiating pain that can manifest elsewhere, often leading to misdiagnosis of the condition. Symptoms of TMD include headaches, localized jaw/face pain, ear aches, popping/clicking in the jaw, neck pain and ringing in the ears.

Some people with TMJ disorder may only have one or two of the common symptoms, while others may have several. Each person can experience TMD differently, due to the varying issues this condition covers. It is vital to receive a thorough exam by an experienced master dentist like Dr. Suway, who can pinpoint the exact jaw joint issues and recommend an effective treatment plan for relief.

Treating Bite Misalignment and TMD

Often, bite misalignment causes the extra stress on the jaw joint and surrounding tissues, leading to TMD. When the teeth and jaw are misaligned, jaw movement for talking and chewing can strain tendons and deteriorate the joint. Dr. Suway uses x-rays, a TMJ Doppler unit and a physical exam to diagnose TMJ disorders and determine the severity and cause of the joint stress. This thorough examination is needed to create a short and long-term treatment plan to offer relief for his patients with TMD.

There are several dental issues that can cause bite misalignment. A missing or misshaped tooth can impact the alignment. A strained jaw tendon may need the support of a bite guard to align the bite, allowing the tendon to heal. Dr Suway has used temporary bite guards to stabilize the jaw and align the jaw, teeth and nerves for TMJ patients. He has also performed the necessary dental work to help align the bite, including shaping enamel, adding porcelain crowns and performing dental restorations. In some cases, a permanent mouth guard or stint can give the patient the alignment they need to relieve their TMD symptoms.

TMJ disorders can be debilitating and disruptive for patients, causing pain, jaw dysfunction, sleep problems and mental stress. If not treated expediently, TMJ may require more invasive treatments including oral surgery. Dr. Suway has the expertise to find treatments that can offer relief, often in as little as one or two visits.

Cumberland and Windy Hill residents with TMJ disorder can contact our office in Atlanta to schedule an exam and consultation with Dr. Suway. Enjoy relief from jaw pain and other TMJ symptoms by calling our office to book your appointment today.

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.