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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMD)

Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland, Grand Haven and Surrounding Areas in Michigan

tmj jaw painTemporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD) is a common condition that can cause migraine-like headaches, facial pain, and other painful symptoms, yet it often goes undiagnosed and untreated by physicians who lack training and experience in the field of neuromuscular dentistry.

The Grand Rapids dentists at A Life of Smiles understand the vague indicators of TMJ/TMD and their potential sources, and we have extensive experience helping patients find long-term relief from the chronic discomfort of temporomandibular joint disorder. If you suffer from regular headaches and other symptoms detailed on these pages, please call us at our Grand Rapids, MI office at (616) 458-0631 to schedule your personal TMJ/TMD assessment.

Causes of TMJ/TMD

tmd or tmj treatmentTMJ/TMD derives its name from the temporomandibular joints, which are joints that help connect your mandible (lower jaw) to your skull.

These joints are components of a sensitive connective network that also includes the trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve is responsible for registering sensation throughout your face.

Malocclusions (bite conditions), a misaligned jaw or bad oral health habits like teeth grinding can overstress the joints, nerves and muscles in this connective region between your mandible and skull, leading to recurring and progressively worsening symptoms.

Headaches and Other Symptoms of TMJ/TMD

Severe headaches often described as migraines are among the most common symptoms of TMJ/TMD. Patients with TMJ/TMD generally experience regular headaches in addition to other symptoms that include:

  • An inability to hold your mandible in a consistent, comfortable resting position
  • Pain in your jaw, neck and shoulders
  • Facial pain
  • Difficulty biting and chewing
  • Jaw popping or clicking
  • Jaw sticking or locking
  • Ringing in your ears or earaches
  • Numbness or tingling in your hands and fingers

Because many of these symptoms are shared with other ailments, TMJ/TMD is frequently unreported by patients or undiagnosed by general physicians. Patients who actually have TMJ/TMD may believe they are suffering from a toothache, sinus infection, arthritis or other medical problem.

TMJ/TMD Treatment

dental spa grand rapidsFortunately, there are a number of TMJ/TMD treatment and solution options available. The right treatment for you will depend on unique individual circumstances, including the cause and severity of your condition.

Many patients find lasting relief from TMJ/TMD pain with the use of custom-made oral appliances. Similar to sports mouthguards, these devices are designed to hold your jaw in its natural position as you sleep to promote a proper bite. Patients with TMJ/TMD caused by advanced malocclusions may benefit from Invisalign or other orthodontics to correct the bite condition.

If you experience regular headaches that feel like migraines along with other TMJ/TMD symptoms, please contact A Life of Smiles to learn how we can help. Our knowledgeable dentists welcome patients from the greater Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland and Grand Haven, Michigan, areas.

 

TMJ & TMD Testimonials from Our Patients

 

TMJ Patient Video Testimonial #1 by Audrey B.     TMJ Patient Video Testimonial #5 by Michelle R.  
     
         
TMJ Patient Video Testimonial #2 by Amy L.     TMJ Patient Video Testimonial #5 by Natalie M.  
     
         
TMJ Patient Video Testimonial #3 by Robin L.     TMJ Patient Video Testimonial #6 by Nancy B.  
     
 
More TMJ Testimonials
 
5 star review“I discovered I had TMJ in 1987. I was grinding my teeth at night while sleeping. I also was experiencing jaw pain, migraines, clicking and locking of my jaw as a result of my TMJ. I had surgery in 1988 to alleviate the pain. In 2000 I was able to receive a jaw reconstructive surgery. The surgery was a huge success until 2014 when I started having pain, migraines and could not chew my food. I went to see Dr. Mulder who began treating me with therapy and a neuromuscular orthotic designed to realign my jaw. I immediately felt relief and after the 2nd treatment I could enjoy chewing food again! His treatment is working and I feel so much better. Thank you Jerry and your entire team for returning the pleasure of eating food back into my life and relieving me of all the jaw pain I was feeling.” – by Lupe S.
 
5 star review“I had some serious TMJ problems which, because of unusual spinal problems, promised to get more serious–something, I assure you, I did not want. Both my splint (worn at night) and my orthotic partial work perfectly to keep my jaw aligned regardless of my spinal condiion.. This is great because I still have more spinal issues to get through (and am working hard on them). So the dental science is really good. And every one here is top notch – spirited, friendly, timely, available, and open to questions” – Sandra W.
 
5 star review“The experience I’ve had at Dr. Mulder’s office was amazing! I came in with a terrible tough case of TMJ and after my treatment I left with un-surpassing care to get back to a normal life.” – Kevin B.
 
5 star review“I came to Dr. Mulder because of my jaw bothering me for months! I went to several doctors, they couldn’t figure out why my jaw was causing me the problems I was complaining about. I finally called Dr. Mulder because he had the experience and knowledge I needed. Finally, I had an answer, it was TMJ. He did several tests and had a neuromuscular orthotic made for me. My jaw pain and irritation is gone. I feel great now! I’m so thankful he could and did solve my issues!” – by Charles W.
 
5 star review“Very friendly office! I’ve been going there for TMJ issues and the results are amazing! I feel much better. No more migraines! ” – by Dawn N.
 
5 star review“I came to Dr. Mulder because of my jaw bothering me for months! I went to several doctors, they couldn’t figure out why my jaw was causing me the problems I was complaining about. I finally called Dr. Mulder because he had the experience and knowledge I needed. Finally, I had an answer, it was TMJ. He did several tests and had a neuromuscular orthotic made for me. My jaw pain and irritation is gone. I feel great now! I’m so thankful he could and did solve my issues!” – Robin R.
 
5 star review“I dealt with jaw pain for about 2 years which affected my performance in sports. On each treated for TMJ, I improved greatly in athletics and got rid of the daily headaches.” – Gabriella H.
 
5 star review“During the making of my bite, assistants were handling most of the job and I wondered if it would be any different than the other 2 bites that were made special for my TMJ . Came back for final fitting and using for next month. Results were amazing, my bite fit like a glove and after a few weeks it had already made a difference in relaxing my jaws.” – Donna A.
 
5 star review“Dr. Mulder is amazing. He has such a calming demeanor. He’s greatly improved my TMJ discomfort and popping. I highly recommend him to all!” – Kara R.
 
5 star review“I thought I was a sure candidate for phrase 2 of the TMJ correction. I never thought simply moving your bite off the disc would be enough to get rid of my pain. This has been an amazing journey.” – Tamara D.
 
5 star review“I had severe pain in the left side lower jaw for about 4 years. It was bad enough that in order to eat I would have to take numerous pain pills. I went to my family doctor when it first started & over the next 4 years was sent to a couple of ENT’s who gave me pills to stop the pain, but didn’t work, I didn’t know what to do, then when I had my yearly appointment with my sleep apnea doctor, I mentioned the jaw pain I have & he told about Dr, Jerry Mulder, who he sometimes refers people to have appliances made & the rests is history. Since my first visit, which answered all my questions, I was fitted for a lower splint, the pain has been diminished . now I can eat normal without any pain pills. This is a total relief. I feel much better now. I would recommend Dr Mulder to anyone who has TMJ issues.” – Patrick K.
 
5 star review“My entire family sees Dr. Mulder, we love him and his entire staff! Not only do we have fabulous, healthy smiles, but Dr. Mulder has also helped us with special appliances for TMJ and sleep apnea. I will continue to recommend him to everyone I know!” – Natalie M.
 
5 star review“My specific case of TMJ was very difficult to treat. Years of my jaw being in the wrong position took its toll on me. Dr. Mulder was persistent in my treatment and my symptoms have drastically improved.” – Kristin V.
 

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