TMJ Treatment

Over 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ disorder. It is a condition that is often able to be treated with advanced dental techniques. Headaches, facial pain, clicking in the jaw, clenching of the teeth and discomfort or numbness in a variety of body areas, are just a few of the symptoms that can be caused by temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly referred to as TMJ disorder or TMD. The temporomandibular joint connects your lower jaw to your skull, allowing movement of the jaw itself. TMJ disorder often occurs when your teeth and jaw are not aligned properly. This can result in a number of symptoms that you may not initially connect to a jaw joint condition.

For people exhibiting symptoms of TMD, Dr. Wayne Suway conducts a thorough examination process to diagnose and ultimately treat the condition. If you live in the Cumberland/Windy Hill, Marietta/East Cobb, Smyrna/Sandy Springs areas or surrounding communities and think you have a TMJ disorder, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Suway, please contact us today.


Symptoms of TMD

TMJ disorder is often misdiagnosed due to the variety of symptoms that can be experienced. However, there are common symptoms, that when combined, can alert patients they may possibly have a TMJ disorder. The following symptoms are often experienced in patients who have TMD:

  • Headaches
  • Numbness in the fingers and/or arms
  • Pain in the back, neck or shoulders
  • Pain in the face or jaw
  • Popping or clicking sound in the jaw
  • Clenching teeth
  • Tinnitus (ringing ears)
  • Ears that are congested

Patients can have one or several of the symptoms. Each patient’s experience can be slightly different due to the variations of TMJ disorder. This condition can worsen if not diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible. Dr. Suway can answer your questions and evaluate you to determine if you may be suffering from TMJ disorder.


Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder

During a TMJ exam, our skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist will evaluate your bite and take x-rays, if necessary. Dr. Suway will also utilize what’s called a TMJ Doppler unit, which allows him to listen to the sounds your joints make such as cracking, popping or scratching. These sounds can potentially tell Dr. Suway what the problem is, helping him determine whether your symptoms are being caused by TMJ disorder, as well as the severity of the condition.

If you are diagnosed with TMJ disorder, Dr. Suway can move forward with the appropriate treatment. Since TMJ disorder is typically caused by a misaligned bite, he will often design a treatment plan that aims to stabilize the teeth and jaw alignment with a temporary bite guard. Upon doing so, Dr. Suway can present long-term treatment options. He may recommend one of several different procedures that can best meet your individual needs. Treatments proven successful in other patients suffering from TMJ include reshaping teeth enamel, installing a permanent bite guard and placing porcelain crowns. The exact treatment will depend on your specific needs and the severity of your condition.

Why Choose Dr. Suway for Your TMJ Treatment?

Dr. Suway is a master dentist with extensive training and knowledge in jaw function. In order to treat TMJ disorder properly, he makes sure the muscles, nerves and joints in your face and jaw are all working together for a natural, even bite. In addition to his skills and experience with these procedures, Dr. Suway uses state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat your condition and help you reduce the debilitating symptoms of TMJ disorder.

Contact Dr. Wayne Suway

If you would like to learn more about our TMJ disorder treatment options, or you would like to schedule a consultation and evaluation, please contact us today. Our dental practice accepts many different types of insurance plans for your convenience.

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD.

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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.

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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.

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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.