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Relief from TMJ disorder from your Troy area dentist

For patients who are suffering the symptoms of TMJ disorder, finding relief means finding a dentist who can provide the right treatment. We often find that many patients have the symptoms of TMJ disorder, but have not received an accurate diagnosis, so they don’t know where to turn for treatment.

Relief from TMJ disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder is often mistakenly diagnosed as recurrent migraines or some other condition. It involves dysfunction in the joints and muscles of the jaw. Because of this, many of the symptoms are felt in the head. The most common symptoms include:

  • Tooth grinding (bruxism)
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaws locking
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Recurrent headaches or migraines
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Difficulty swallowing

Other less common symptoms may include ringing in the ears, and back, neck, or shoulder pain. Many patients who have gone undiagnosed for years may have depression from a lack of relief from the chronic pain.

Patients come to us seeking answers for their TMJ symptoms that does not involve surgery or pain medications. In many cases, medications or other home remedies such as cold or heat compresses, rest, and massages have been insufficient in providing relief. For these patients, oral appliance therapy may be the answer.

Oral appliances are custom orthotic devices that sit on top of the teeth. They reduce instability, soreness, muscle pain, and sensitivity. While there are over the counter devices available, they are usually inadequate and often too thick or do not cover all the teeth properly.

Depending on the patient, the oral appliance can be worn at night or during the day. Night guards are the most common, and can address tooth wear that occurs during night clenching or grinding. Some patients may also need to wear an appliance during the daytime hours.

To learn more about oral appliance therapy for TMJ, call us at (248) 243-6044.

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Wish I could give them more the five stars. This is the best practice I’ve ever been to. After I moved out of town I searched for a local dentist, needless to say I drive almost an hour to go see Dr. Aurelia still. On top of have a great staff and being a great dentist, Dr. Aurelia is kind enough to return messages over the weekend and do what ever he can to help even when he is not working.
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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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