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TMJD Treatment

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What Is TMJD?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) is a condition that affects more than 75 million people of every age and gender. While the causes aren’t exactly clear, TMJD can sometimes be caused by an imbalance in the temporomandibular joint, which attaches the jaw to the bottom of the skull. This misalignment can create excessive pressure on the muscles and tissues around the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), affecting its function. The strained, uncomfortable position of the joint affects the positioning muscles and causes pain in the face, back, neck, and shoulders, as well as other symptoms like a popping or locking sensation in the jaw, or stiffness in its range of motion.

Effective TMJD Treatments We Offer

Occlusal Adjustments

Occlusal Adjustments

Because dental TMJ disorder symptoms can range so widely, so can treatment options. Occlusal adjustments are the most basic way of modifying the bite in order to relieve jaw tension. The goal is to allow the teeth to fit together in an even way during eating and at rest. If a patient has more complicated needs an appliance that helps minimize teeth contact may be constructed known as an occlusal night guard.

Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy

Doctors that treat TMJ disorders may prescribe more extensive treatment known as Neuromuscular Therapy to help to control excessive grinding or clenching of teeth. This usually involves the use of an Orthotic Splint, a custom-made device meant to gently move the jaw and train it to rest in a proper position so the joint and muscles are exposed to as little stress as possible. The splint is adjusted over several visits allowing your joint to heal and adapt to its new position.

Botox Injections

Botox Injections

What is commonly thought of as an exclusively cosmetic procedure can sometimes be especially useful in helping TMJD symptoms. The use of a Botox neurotoxin to relax muscles can quickly reduce discomfort and is even an effective migraine treatment in certain cases.

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TMJD symptoms can be painful, even debilitating, but there is hope. At Filler Family Practice, we’re ready to help patients of any age by diagnosing TMJD and developing a treatment regimen to alleviate pain and stiffness for good. Call today and schedule an initial exam!

TMJ Diagnosis


TMJD presents with such a broad range of symptoms that oftentimes it is misdiagnosed as other conditions. As orofacial pain specialists, we screen for common and rare symptoms of TMJD in our initial examination. This includes reviewing your muscles for soreness and trigger pain points, checking your teeth for unusual wear, and taking radiographs of your TMJ. If you suspect that you are suffering from TMJD, our office is ready to address your needs and create a customized treatment plan to relieve your discomfort.

    Symptoms You May Experience

    Headaches and Migraines

    Unexplained Loose Teeth

    Worn, Chipped, or Cracked Teeth

    Jaw Pain or Sore Muscles

    Clicking or Grating Jaw Sounds

    Limited Movement or Locking Jaw

    Neck, Shoulder, and Back Pain

    Ringing or Stuffiness in the Ears

    Feelings of Vertigo or Dizziness

    Generalized Facial Pain

    Meet Dr. Anne Filler

    Dr. Anne Filler is a dentist in Exeter, NH who has built a reputation based on uncompromising clinical excellence and an attention to detail. With an emphasis on dental cosmetics, restorative reconstruction, and facial pain treatment, our practice at Filler Family Dentistry combines science, technology, and artistry to ensure the best dental care for our patients.

    Dr. Anne Filler

    Frequently Asked Questions About TMJD

    What Can I Do for TMJ Pain Relief at Home?

    Certain lifestyle changes can help patients alleviate TMJD symptoms. For TMJ pain relief, try applying heat or cold packs, practicing relaxation techniques, avoiding hard or chewy foods, doing gentle jaw exercises, using over-the-counter pain relievers, maintaining good posture, and seeking professional help if needed.

    How Long Does It Take to Get Relief From TMJ?

    Finding successful, long-term relief from TMJ varies depending on the individual and the severity of the condition. In some cases, people experience relief within a few days or weeks with self-care measures. However, it may take several weeks to months of consistent treatment and management for more chronic or severe cases to achieve noticeable relief. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate assessment and personalized treatment plan.

    Which Doctor is Best for TMJ Treatment?

    A dentist or a healthcare professional specializing in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders is best suited for TMJ treatment. They have the expertise and knowledge to diagnose and treat TMJ-related issues effectively. It is recommended to seek a professional with experience treating TMJ conditions for the best possible care and outcomes.

    Does TMJ Cause Migraines?

    Some research has found a correlation between TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders and migraines, but it’s important to note that TMJD does not directly cause migraines. TMJ disorders can contribute to or exacerbate migraine headaches in some individuals as the jaw and facial pain associated with TMJD can trigger or worsen migraines in susceptible individuals. It’s crucial to consult a healthcare professional for a proper evaluation and diagnosis if you experience both TMJD symptoms and migraines to determine the best course of treatment for your specific condition.

    Does TMD Require Surgery?

    In most cases, TMJ disorders do not require surgery. Non-surgical treatment options such as self-care measures, lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, dental splints or mouthguards, pain medication, and stress management techniques are often effective in managing TMJD symptoms. Surgery is typically considered as a last resort when conservative treatments have failed and severe functional limitations or structural abnormalities are present. However, each case is unique, and a healthcare professional should determine the need for surgery after a thorough evaluation.

    What Our Patients Say

    "What an amazing team! Friendly staff, smart knowledgeable. I felt like i was at home, I wasn't treated as a number. I will be staying with this team a long time."

    Jack White

    "This place is always wonderful every visit, nice atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff, and informative of anything you want to know about your teeth."

    Aidan Roberts

    "I have had a lot of work done over the past few years at Filler Family Dentistry including cleanings and crowns. Dr. Ann Filler, her dental hygienists, and professional staff all do excellent work and greet you with warmth. I highly recommend them."

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    "I have a slight anxiety, especially when it comes to Dentist. Dr. Filler and the crew made everything relaxing. The feeling of comfort and reassurance that you are in good hands, is nothing short of Amazing. They are truly a Dentistry that sets the bar of excellence."

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    "Love the team here! Kati always makes me feel like I'm visiting a friend instead of having my teeth cleaned. And Dr. Filler is very intelligent, shes great at explaining things to me. I know I am getting the best care here. I reccomend them to everyone!"

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    "Dr Filler has done a great job updating the interior of her Exeter, NH office. I always have a wonderful experience at Filler Family Dentistry. The dentists, dental hygienists and office staff have a natural engaging way that makes you feel at home. My husband, son and I are all patients and highly recommend Filler Family Dentistry."

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    "Super clean practice space, with consistently timely and well-explained interventions. Thankful and do recommend!"

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    Special Offer For New Patients

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