Temporomandibular Disorder, often referred to as TMJ or TMD is a chronic pain disorder caused by the malfunction of the jaw bone and surrounding muscles. TMJ is a complex oral health concern that can be caused by a number of factors and has no one size fits all solution. Treating TMJ requires careful evaluation and personalized treatment planning.
Common Causes of TMJ
TMJ affects the function of the temporomandibular joint. This joint is what attaches the jaw to the skull and is essential for speaking, eating and biting. Pinpointing the cause of a patient’s TMJ can help allow for more effective treatment and help deter further damage to the teeth, gums, and jaw. Some common causes for TMJ including:
Teeth grinding or jaw clenching
Trauma to the jaw
Symptoms of TMJ
Patients with TMJ often suffer from chronic headaches, facial or jaw pain, earaches. Left untreated, TMJ can damage teeth and may increase the risk of gum recession and periodontal disease.
Pain when chewing or swallowing
Face, neck, shoulder and back pain
Jaw clicking or popping
Jaw pain and tension
Why Choose Us?
Dr. Kevin and Kami Marr have advanced training and education from the prestigious Dawson Academy, as well as years of experience diagnosing and treating complex oral health cases. Identifying and addressing the underlying cause of a TMJ related disorder or bite problem is the key to lasting dentistry and a comfortable bite.
With a personalized approach to your dental care, our dental care team works to help patients restore the function, health and beauty to their smile for lasting oral health.
Everyone at Marr Family Dentistry was very friendly,helpful and informative. I had recently moved here from NJ and needed advice on my dental problem. Dr Kami Marr put me at ease, helped me make a decision, and performed the dental procedure. I was very pleased with every aspect of my…Diane K.
Found the dentist office was efficient. Appointment time and in chair were right on. X-ray equipment appeared to be up to date. Teeth cleaning and inspection was very professional. Everyone was extremely professional and enjoyable to converse with. Explanation of treatment was explained to both spouse and patient for complete…Allie L.
The folks at Marr Family Dentistry made me feel at home and safe in their office and during their work. I feel completely informed and supported in my dental health. I am thankful to the Marr team for your kindness, professionalism, and care that you show my family and me.…John K.
have been going to Marr family dentistry for 10 years. They take care my husband and three kids as well. From the sweet receptionist, dental techs through the Dr's themselves we have always received fantastic care. We have given them some tough cases through the years and they have always…Julian S.
Dr Kevin has gone beyond my expectations in finishing crowns for two implants and making veneers for several teeth that needed to be built up. He is very precise in making sure everything is finished to perfection. The entire staff is friendly and accommodating.Cindy M.
I have been to several dentists and found Marr Family Dentistry to be the very best! They are very welcoming and very professional. The work they perform is very thorough and done with care.Yvette B.
TMJ Therapy What to Expect
Treatment for TMJ will be determined by the patient’s personal diagnosis. Dr. Marr and Dr. Marr offer treatment options from oral appliance therapy to cosmetic dental treatments. TMJ treatment will be tailored to restore the function, form, and comfort of your bite and jaw joint.
Oral Appliance Therapy for TMJ
If the TMD pain is caused by habitual teeth grinding, and the oral appliance may be the best treatment option. Dr. Marr offers custom fabricated oral appliances that can be worn while sleeping. The oral appliance is a removable device that helps to keep the teeth and jaw in proper position during sleep. The device is designed to prevent teeth grinding or clenching and to prevent further damage to the teeth and gums.
Symptoms of TMJ are often related to malocclusion or a misaligned bite. If teeth are crooked, or the bite does not align properly, you may damage or stress the jaw joint. For many patients, cosmetic dental treatment options may be able to correct the fit of the bite for a more comfortable alignment.