Alleviate Jaw Pain with TMD Treatment

Do you experience chronic jaw pain? Do you often wake up with headaches, neck, or shoulder pain? You could have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). This condition affects millions of people worldwide, and can have a significant negative impact on your quality of life. At Smile Orthodontics, we provide treatments for TMD so that our patients can alleviate their discomfort and enjoy optimal function and health again.

About TMD

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is complex. When the jaw joints are not seated correctly, the surrounding muscles constantly work to move the lower jaw into the proper position. As this continues over time, the muscles become inflamed and tender, placing unnecessary stress on the nerves. In turn, this can lead to chronic pain.

Symptoms of TMD

Those with TMD can experience a variety of symptoms. Some of these include:

  • Pain in the jaw, face, ears, shoulders, neck, or back
  • Chronic headaches
  • Popping or clicking sound when opening or closing the jaw
  • Teeth erosion from bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw or face
  • Limited opening or locked jaw

If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment right away. We can help you determine if you have TMD, and explore treatments that can help alleviate your pain.

What Causes TMD?

We do not know of a single or specific cause for TMD. However, there are numerous factors that could lead to the disorder, including:

  • Bruxism: One of the most common causes of TMD is teeth grinding or clenching. Because this activity often happens during sleep, many patients do not even realize they are doing it. They simply wake up with unexplained pain or discomfort.
  • Erosion of the articular disc: Every joint in the body is cushioned by an articular disc, which is made of cartilage. If the cartilage becomes displaced or worn, it can lead to TMD.
  • Dislocated jaw joints: Dislocation can be a result of trauma or simply anatomy. If you experience popping or clicking sounds in the jaw joint, you could have TMD.
  • Arthritis: Inflammation can result in uncomfortable swelling of the jaw joints and surrounding tissues, which cause the jaw to move out of its ideal position.
  • Malocclusion: If your teeth are not in proper alignment, it can place undue pressure on the jaw joints, leading to chronic pain.

Treatment Options for TMD

Depending on the severity of your TMD, there are several treatment options that can provide relief. At Smile Orthodontics, we offer:

  • Custom mouth guards: Treating TMD could be as simple as wearing a night guard to prevent grinding or clenching. Some custom guards also reposition the jaw to a more favorable location.
  • Traditional braces: If your TMJ issues are due to a misaligned bite, traditional orthodontic treatment may be recommended. By straightening the teeth and correcting your bite, you are addressing the problem at its source.
  • Invisalign®: If your misalignment is mild, you may be able to alleviate your TMD with Invisalign
  • Orthognathic surgery: When TMD is severe, corrective jaw surgery – or orthognathic surgery – may be required to address the problem. In these cases, our doctors work alongside a trusted oral surgeon (OMS) to provide the ultimate in comprehensive care.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you think you may be suffering from TMD, schedule a consultation at one of our Suffolk, VA locations. By treating TMD now, you can improve your quality of life and prevent more serious problems in the future. Contact us online anytime to learn more.

Thomas T. Taylor, D.M.D., M.S.; Steven P. Hearne, D.D.S. Meet Our Doctors
When I first came to Smile Orthodontics, I was 11 years old, and my smile had a lot of work to do. By the time I was done being treated, my smile was exactly how I wanted it to look. With my new, big smile, I gained a lot of confidence in myself. Overall, my time at Smile Orthodontics was life-changing and very enjoyable.Kendall S.

Smile Orthodontics Locations

North Suffolk Location

1530 Breezeport Way
Suite 500
Suffolk, VA 23435
757-686-3444  

South Suffolk Location

1034 Hillpoint Blvd. N.
Suffolk, VA 23434
757-925-0407

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Khara Jones
Khara Jones
13:54 11 May 18
This orthodontist is awesome. They go beyond what is needed to insure the best treatment for the best smile possible. I absolutely would recommend everyone choose this place for the best care for their children's future smiles. Everyone in the staff is helpful and polite.
Dylan Linebarger
Dylan Linebarger
16:30 02 May 18
My son has been under the care of the awesome staff here for the past 3 years and they still do not disappoint. A huge thank you to Cheyenne and all of your help today and my sons care, we greatly appreciate it. His smile has never looked better! Recommending Smile Orthodontics would be an understatement, they simply are the best! Thanks again!
Evoyal Price
Evoyal Price
22:11 25 Apr 18
Dr. Taylor is very passionate about his work and does everything he can to ensure his patients are satisfied. I could not have asked for anything more than he has given my son out of the kindness and goodness of heart. Thanks a million!!!! God Bless you always Dr T . 😇😇
margaret white
margaret white
19:20 24 Apr 18
My daughter has been seen at this office for over three years. She went quickly from having large gaps to having a completely different smile. In only two years her braces were off and she is now in retainers. She has a beautiful smile thanks to them. I love how prompt and courteous they are. The office is friendly and welcoming and they are incredibly time efficient! Thank you for such great work!
Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones
15:57 12 Apr 18
Dr. Taylor and staff are great. My daughter had braces on for almost 5 years and it has been a great experience to make sure she had perfect teeth. The staff are friendly and on top of things when we needed to get in quickly. I definitely would recommend him
Teressa Shears
Teressa Shears
18:28 30 Mar 18
This is a nice location. Very nice employees. The orthodontist are very patience and knowledgeable about what they are doing. MY SON KEYON has come a long ways with his treatment. I am very gratefully of the accomplishments that has followed. If you are looking for an orthodontist you don't have to look any further. I would give more than 5 stars if I could.
TIANA Wright
TIANA Wright
14:35 26 Mar 18
My experience with Taylor Orthodontics was amazingly good. I love the office and the staff. My son was a patient here first and they done such a great job with his teeth I had to join in. I now have a nephew and a uncle who goes here because they loved the outcome of our prefect smile. Thanks to Taylor Orthodontics for making the best curve on my body my SMILE.
Kara Byers
Kara Byers
23:52 22 Mar 18
I was very skeptical to begin my journey to the “perfect smile”, but Dr. Taylor has made this experience wonderful! His excellent staff worked together to evaluate my unique case and develope the best plan for me. This team laid everything out for me making sure that I understood every detail and are always there to answer my questions. They never fail to deliver excellent customer service, their facility is very well maintained and the atmosphere during every visit is nothing short of welcoming. They stay true to your appointment times and I do not believe that I have ever waited longer than 5 minutes, if ever at all! I normally see Dr. Taylor and Shawna- they always greet me with a smile and engage in true conversation. I was also nervous about how much this work would cost, but they have made it so easy for me to tackle this plan in a way that benefits me well! I could not be happier with the orthodontic care that I have received and I have spoken very highly of this practice to everyone that has inquired about my dental work! I cannot wait to see the end result and thank you to everyone that has had a hand in making this journey as pleasant as it could possibly be!
dwainett young
dwainett young
18:01 22 Mar 18
When I was first told that I needed braces at my age I thought it was going to be hard. This process and been the smoothest that I have seen and I owe it all to Dr. Taylor and his staff. They provide timely service and they make you feel right at home. I would recommend this location to anyone thinking about getting or needing braces.
Jacquin Blanchard
Jacquin Blanchard
21:22 09 Mar 18
Every time I go they leave me at ease. I’m never in pain. I don’t mind looking forward to my next visit. The staff is very friendly and so is doctor Taylor. This pass year with my braces has be nothing but a learning experience and I don’t mind the next 24 months with this staff.
Miquira High
Miquira High
08:46 09 Mar 18
I literally loved going to my orthodontist appointment! Because they took great care of me and every employee was extremely nice. Great music was always plying and smiles and jokes would fill the room. And then at the end when it’s time for your braces they had like this little celebration room, with candy and would take your pictures. Also they would sing to you! How cool. Dr Taylor and ladies were the best. Would absolutely recommend anyone to them
katrinia freeman
katrinia freeman
12:21 05 Mar 18
The best Orthodontist around. Great customer service and very reasonable prices. There is never a long wait everyone is seen in a timely and orderly fashion. I love the extra care we receive. It's comforting having doctors who truly care.
Melissa Nurney
Melissa Nurney
20:11 02 Mar 18
I have three children that have been patients at Dr. Hearne's office. We recommend this office! The staff there are wonderful. Always friendly and smiling! The girls always enjoy going to visit their office. Very accommodating and always very helpful.
Sabria Monae
Sabria Monae
21:10 26 Feb 18
Love this office and the staff. Dr. Taylor is also very caring. Shawna is so helpful and sweet and makes sure you understand everything that is going on. They all make your child feel at ease for any procedure that they are having done. My daughter always looks forward to her appointments. I would recommend this office for anyone seeking knowledgeable and caring docs and staff to help determine the best treatments for your child.
Mojo Freeman
Mojo Freeman
19:28 26 Feb 18
The people love to take care of me and all of their patients with care and tender. They make sure I’m up to date with my appointments, send constant reminders so that I don’t forget, and always deliver excellent service each time I’m there. Professionalism is there game here and so far they’re dominating it.
Roshonda Patterson
Roshonda Patterson
19:14 21 Feb 18
This place is awesome🤗 I brought my daughter here to get her braces and the staff is wonderful. Dr. Taylor did a great job with giving her the perfect smile. I will definitively be bringing my son here also😊
Dorothea Brandon-Stone
Dorothea Brandon-Stone
17:02 21 Feb 18
Dr. Taylor and his staff are all amazing! They have always been very helpful, patient and accommodating. They make going to the orthodontist so much fun and my kids never complain about going there! The best is the party they throw for you when you get your braces off! I couldn't imagine a better experience!
Smile Patient
Smile Patient
22:00 08 Feb 18
Great atmosphere, warm and inviting staff. Really friendly Doctors who actually remembers their patients, really affordable too. This is my thrid year with Taylor Orthodontics and my son and daughter both love coming here, they are actually excited! I couldn't ask for a better place to bring my kids for all their dental needs. -Eugene Williams USN Chief
Jennifer Cook
Jennifer Cook
13:34 08 Feb 18
We’ve had a wonderful experience at Suffolk Smiles! Dr. Taylor’s office makes it such a fun experience for their patients. The entire staff is always friendly and welcoming.
Amanda Moreland
Amanda Moreland
14:49 07 Feb 18
I absolutely love Dr. Taylor and Dr. Hearne. My entire family has received their orthodontic care at this practice. Dr. Taylor even sings to his patients when they get their braces removed. You have a choice in dental care...chose Smile Orthodontics! Worth the drive from anywhere in Hampton Roads!
Tiffany Arney
Tiffany Arney
23:24 21 Jan 18
This has to be the best and coolest orthodontist ever. The staff is very nice. They treat the kids good and have the best wait room games like the claw machine and video games for free. The only appointments my kids were excited to go to.
selena Simpkins
selena Simpkins
20:19 19 Jan 18
Today’s visit was great. My daughters follow-up visit after having her braces removed went well. I definitely recommend Taylor Orthodontics if you or your child is in need of braces I recommend Dr.Taylor.
Vannetta Chappell
Vannetta Chappell
15:46 05 Dec 17
Today visit was wonderful. The staff (Alona) was very helpful and understanding when my child had no idea where she lost her retainer. At this time of the year, they were able to work with me to replace her retainer. I truly enjoy working with this great staff. My daughter loves coming to the office. Thanks again for the great experience.
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