TMJ/TMD Therapy

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the tiny joints connecting the jaw to the skull bone. When these small, triangular connecting tissues are damaged or strained, the result may be severe pain or limited jaw movement. At Smiley Dental in Lowell and Roslindale, MA, we offer a variety of treatment options to relieve pain and restore the full range of motion for patients suffering from TMD. If you need help with TMJ dysfunction or would like to find out more, contact our dedicated team today.


The first step in the TMD therapy process is diagnosis. We encourage patients to let their dentist know right away if they experience any of the following warning signs of TMD:

  • Throbbing pain even when the jaw is at rest
  • Sharp pain when the jaw is in motion especially when biting or chewing
  • Clicking and grinding sounds when moving the jaw
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Chronic headaches, neck pain, or earaches
  • Ringing in the ear or loss of hearing


Once we determine patients are suffering from TMD, we may need to correct the alignment of the jaw in order to relieve pain and renew full, comfortable jaw movement. There are a number of options available to balance the bite, equilibration, and adjust occlusion, the way the bite fits together. Therapies to improve jaw movement and comfort will likely begin with jaw exercises and wearing a nightguard to stabilize the jaw and allow it to rest in a comfortable position, during sleep. For more advanced cases, we may need to complete orthodontic adjustments, or recommend a local oral surgeon who can provide surgical adjustments.

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TMJ appliances offered at Smiley Dental in Beverly, MA, effectively relieve individuals suffering from TMJ disorders. These custom-made devices are tailored to your needs and can significantly reduce TMJ-related pain and discomfort. If you’re seeking relief from TMJ symptoms, our experienced dental team is here to help you choose the right TMJ appliance and manage your condition. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards a more comfortable, pain-free life.


To keep your teeth and gums healthy, it is important to schedule regular checkups and dental cleanings. The American Dental Association (ADA) advises adult patients to visit the dentist at least once every six months. Regular dental cleanings remove stains and plaque buildup, preventing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the jaw to the skull bone. When these joints are strained, used excessively, or otherwise damaged, pain when moving the jaw or limited jaw mobility may occur. When this happens, patients are said to suffer from TMJ dysfunction or TMD.

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  • reduces risks of tooth decay and cavities
  • Reduces the risk of gum disease
  • Removes stains
  • Freshens your breath
  • Improves your overall health

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