TMJ Treatment

TMJ Dentists Holland Dentist The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are responsible for connecting your jawbone to your skull. When these joints are injured or strained, you are at increased risk for developing a TMJ disorder.

If you have persistent pain in your jaw, jaw joints, ears, or face, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with our Holland dentist. We’ll be able to determine if your symptoms are caused by a TMJ disorder and whether a night guard or oral splint would help.

Risk factors for TMJ disorders include:

  • Misaligned bite
  • Jaw injuries
  • Teeth grinding
  • Certain types of arthritis
  • Genetics

How We Diagnose TMJ Disorders

To diagnose a TMJ disorder, your dentist will need to physically examine your jaw. During the exam, your dentist will press down on your jaw to identify pain points and evaluate your jaw’s range of motion. Your dentist will also ask you to open and close your mouth while they listen and feel your jaw. As a final precaution, we take dental X-rays to get a better look at your teeth and jawbones.

How We Treat TMJ Disorders

If you are diagnosed with a TMJ disorder, your dentist may recommend an oral splint or night guard. These removable oral appliances are designed to relieve the stress put on your jaw joints while you sleep. For example, your dentist may recommend a night guard if teeth grinding is causing your TMJ disorder.

Get TMJ Relief

Our Holland, MI, TMJ disorder dentist is dedicated to helping you achieve good oral health. If you are interested in learning how to alleviate your TMJ symptoms, call Macatawa Smiles at (616) 396-7524, or contact us online.

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM DR. HABECKER AND HIS TEAM

Dear Patient Family,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care and we appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to follow orders from the Governor's Office.

We are happy to say that we are opening our office for all patient treatment on June 1st, 2020. Our hours of operation will go back to normal, Monday-Thursday 8am - 5pm. We want you to know that there will be some changes at your next appointment. Please be patient with us as our protocols will inevitably change as new guidelines are released.

  • We ask that you use our parking lot as the waiting room.
  • Please wear a mask when you come into the office and leave it on until entering the treatment room. Homemade is acceptable.
  • Only the person receiving treatment should come in the building, all others will be asked to wait in the car if at all possible. The exception will be for our minor patients who may have one parent accompany them.
  • We will be asking you some questions when you arrive at the office and we will also be taking your temperature.
  • We will not be able to offer magazines, drinks, or toys at this time as they cannot be disinfected to our standards. Eventually this will change and we will be happy to offer our amenities once again.

These changes have been made to adhere to the latest CDC guidelines and for the benefit of our patients and our staff. We want you to know that our office has always taken the safety of our patients very seriously and that we will continue to follow the highest levels of sterilization and disinfection to keep you protected. If you would like more information on what measures we have taken we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We cannot say how excited we are to see all of our patients again and to provide for their dental needs. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!

Dr. Habecker and Team