John Leitner DDS 575 Robbins Road, Grand Haven, MI 49417

(616) 842-2850

TMJ Therapy

TMJ Therapy in Grand Haven, MI

TMD Relief From Dr. Leitner

Life is already challenging enough without having to walk around with constant jaw pain or fear of chronic migraines. If you’re tired of the pain, a trip to our Michigan dentist might be just what you need. Contrary to popular belief, dentists don’t solely focus on teeth—they also address issues of the gums and jaw, since these structures are all interconnected. The health and integrity of your jaw can affect your oral health and overall wellness, which is why if you’ve been experiencing issues with your jaw, it’s important to schedule a visit at our Grand Haven office.

We’ll thoroughly examine your jaw, listen carefully for any clicking or popping sounds, observe your range of motion, and identify any areas of discomfort. The pain could be a result of an issue with the joints of your jaw and if we detect any issues, we can personalize a treatment plan to offer much-needed pain relief. 

Dr. Leitner provides Michigan patients in Norton Shores, Ferrysburg, Spring Lake, or the surrounding areas with effective TMJ therapy for treating TMJ disorders, also known as TMD.

What is TMD?

There are two joints on either side of your head where your skull connects with your jaw, right next to your ears. These joints, called the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), allow you to open and close your mouth and move your jaw in multiple directions. 

A temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is characterized by problems that prevent your temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles, and nerves of the surrounding area from working properly. The TMJ area is one of the more complex parts of your body and it can be difficult to determine the causes of malfunction.

    • Dislocation
    • Facial trauma
    • Tension in the jaw when stressed
    • Damage to the joint cartilage 
    • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
    • Malocclusion (ill-bite)

Symptoms of TMD

During your exam, it’s important to share any symptoms with Dr. Leitner. When issues with your temporomandibular joints occur, it can affect your ability to chew, speak, and swallow. TMD can also lead to the development of chronic pain, which can cause a host of related problems. 

  • Tenderness or pain in the jaw area
  • Temporomandibular joint pain
  • Facial pain
  • Lockjaw
  • Popping or clicking while eating or speaking
  • Difficulty swallowing, chewing, or speaking
  • Aching pain around your ear
  • Chronic migraines

Diagnosing TMD

At the offices of John Leitner, DDS, we incorporate advanced dental technology in order to provide our patients with a more precise diagnosis so that we can craft the most efficient treatment plan. We use both the T-Scan® bite analysis system and Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) to check for issues related to the TMJ. 

The T-Scan® bite analysis system is used for analyzing your bite. This tool will allow us to see if your TMD symptoms are a result of a misaligned bite. The Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) allows us to record and identify the vibrations of your temporomandibular joints.

TMD Treatments

During your initial exam, we’ll take dental x-rays so we can examine your teeth and jaw. If Dr. Leitner suspects TMD, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms. With proper treatment, TMD can be reversed. Depending on the severity of your situation, treatment can last anywhere between 18 months to three years.

  • Medication — to ease pain, relax muscles, or ease inflammation of the joints
  • Therapy — to deal with stress effectively or strengthen the jaw
  • TMJ Splints— if your TMD is a result of bruxism, an oral appliance may be used to combat teeth grinding
  • Orthodontic Treatment— if your symptoms are caused by an ill bite, Dr. Leitner may develop a treatment plan centered around correcting your bite in order to ease your symptoms
  • Surgical procedures — depending on your unique situation and the effectiveness of non-surgical methods, Dr. Leitner may recommend a surgical procedure
  • Lifestyle changes — Dr. Leitner may recommend changes such as jaw strengthening, dietary changes, or stress management to help relieve your symptoms

Frequently Asked Questions

When TMD goes untreated the most common consequence is chronic pain. However, there are other risks to leaving TMD untreated which include:

  • Arthritis of the jaw
  • Injury to the jaw
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Extensive dental damage due to teeth grinding
  • Gum recession due to teeth grinding

If you can’t open and close your jaw completely or if you have persistent pain in your jaw region, it’s best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leitner at our Grand Haven office by calling (616) 842-2850 today.

Dr. Leitner Can Alleviate Your Jaw Pain

When you have problems with your jaw, you don’t need to live with the constant pain — treatment for TMD is available and easy at John Leitner DDS. Our Grand Haven dentist, Dr. Leitner, offers personalized TMD Therapy to help relieve your symptoms and give you your life back. If you’re a Michigan patient in Norton Shores, Ferrysburg, Spring Lake, or the surrounding areas and want jaw pain relief or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leitner at our Grand Haven office, give us a call at (616) 842-2850. Or, feel free to fill out the form at the bottom of this page and one of our dedicated team members will reach out to you.