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What TMD treatment options are available for patients in the Rochester Hills area?

TMD, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder, is a condition that can negatively affect one’s smile. While it typically does not have a direct effect on aesthetics, it can on functionality and health. The temporomandibular joint is the joint that allows patients to open and close their mouth. This can lock up or become dysfunctional, resulting in pain and discomfort. Patients with TMD often experience chronic problems, which may include:

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  • Stiffness of the jaw muscle and joint
  • Ear pressure and pain
  • Clicking, popping, and snapping of the jaw joint
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Locking or limited movement of the jaw
  • Pain in and around the jaw joint
  • Discomfort which radiates down to the neck and shoulders
  • An uncomfortable bite

When patients are dealing with these problems, they are encouraged to contact a physician or dentist for an evaluation to determine the source of the condition. Many times, TMJ or TMD may be diagnosed after x-rays have been taken and a full examination is done. Once diagnosed, Dr. John L. Aurelia can then work with patients to figure out what form of treatment is best.

In most cases, patients can find relief with the use of an oral appliance. Oral appliance therapy is often the first option for treatment as it can be very effective for most patients who are dealing with TMD. Oral appliances are high-quality plastic mouthguards, which are worn at night to help realign the bite and maintain jaw alignment. Patients with TMD sometimes also suffer from a condition known as bruxism, which is the clenching and grinding of the teeth. This can cause unwanted wear and tear and increase pain and discomfort in the area. Oral appliance therapy can also treat this problem and allow patients to improve their quality of life with fewer dental problems.

Dr. John L. Aurelia is committed to patients in the Rochester Hills area who are seeking TMD treatment. His team is ready to assist using effective therapies to reduce jaw problems. Contact his practice today if you believe TMD is affecting your overall health and wellbeing.


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Experience dentistry with a difference at the office of John L. Aurelia, DDS. With our friendly staff and warm atmosphere, we ensure that your comfort and wellbeing take priority.

Dr. John L. Aurelia received his BA degrees in Biology, Business and Economics from the Kalamazoo College, MI and his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Detroit Mercy. He’s keen on continuous education and has followed courses in cosmetic dentistry, implants, and occlusion at places like the Dawson Academy for Advanced Continuing Dental Education and Pankey Institute. He’s a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, and American and Michigan Dental Associations. He has participated in many humanitarian missions.

Having graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Dr. Dina Khoury served Veterans during her residency at the VA Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. She has been in private practice for two decades and is passionate about cosmetic dentistry.

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