TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, can lead to serious discomfort and cause problems for your smile’s health. In order to treat the issue, you may need a TMJ specialist. Fortunately, we can offer treatment options to address jaw joint dysfunction and improve your smile’s health.

Try Our Quiz on TMJ Disorder

  1. True or False: Multiple factors can lead to TMD.
  2. True or False: Popping in the jaw could be a warning sign.
  3. True or False: We can recommend minimally-invasive treatment options.
  4. True or False: The disorder is sometimes linked to bruxism.

Answer Key

  1. True. TMJ disorder occurs when the jaw joints undergo excessive stress and strain, eventually leading to problems opening and closing the mouth completely. Factors behind the strain can include tooth loss, misalignment, injury to the mouth, and anxiety.
  2. True. Patients may encounter a popping or crackling sensation in the jaw, as well as headaches, facial pain, and aches in the neck and shoulders. If you have persistent pain in and around your jaw, then see us for a diagnosis. We can assess the cause and severity of the problem and recommend the most appropriate solution.
  3. True. Often, we can treat the problem with an oral appliance. Similar to a nightguard, the device will be worn at night and repositions the jaw to ease strain on the joints. Patients then avoid the symptoms of TMD. Orthodontics and custom-made restorations can also be used to correct TMJ-related dysfunction.
  4. True. When we grind our teeth, the pressure can make the onset of TMJ disorder more likely. In addition, untreated TMD also makes the onset of teeth grinding more likely, linking these two seemingly unrelated dental disorders. If you have any questions about either TMJ disorder or bruxism, then contact our team today.


At Bailey Dental Care, we can offer treatment for jaw joint disorders. Give us a call to set up a visit for you or a member of your family. To learn more, schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.