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TMD Treatment
in Longview, Washington

When you visit our office, you will be astonished by the new definition of dentistry. Visit Lower Columbia Oral Health for the effective TMD treatment you need to find long-lasting relief.

Sedation Dentistry in Longview, Washington

If you live with painful jaw joint disorders, you’re not alone. Call Lower Columbia Oral Health today for the care you need. Dr. Wise is a world-renowned TMD specialist with three master’s degrees and two dental patents. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about our life-changing TMD treatments.

What Is TMD?

Temporomandibular disorders, referred to as TMJ and TMD, are painful conditions that affect up to one-third of the adult population. While TMD and TMJ are used interchangeably, there is a difference. TMD refers to any diagnosable condition affecting the jaw joint, whereas TMJ refers to the joint itself.

The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the temporal bones (located in front of the ears). This joint allows the jaw the full range of motion needed to chew and speak. Problems with the temporomandibular joint are called TMD. TMD can affect one or both sides of the face.

What Causes TMD?

Although TMD is a common condition, it doesn’t have any one specific cause. Few dentists have the training necessary to accurately diagnose and treat TMD, allowing it to go untreated for many years in some case. Injury to the jaw can cause TMD, as well as trauma to the head and neck. It can also be caused by:

  • A poor bite (misaligned teeth)
  • Bruxism (clenching or grinding the teeth)
  • Arthritis in the joint
  • Movement in the disc between the ball and socket of the joint
  • Tension in the facial muscles due to pain, stress, or other health conditions

What Are the Symptoms of TMD?

TMD is painful and can last for many years if left untreated. The condition can present with a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Pain or tenderness in the jaw or jaw joint
  • Pain or tenderness in the face, neck, and shoulders
  • Pain in and around the ear when speaking or chewing
  • Difficulty or pain when opening the mouth
  • Jaws that lock up when opened or closed
  • Swelling in the face around the jaw joint
  • Popping, clicking or grating sounds when the jaw is in motion
  • Difficulty chewing or biting

How Is TMD Treated?

At Lower Columbia Oral Health, Dr. Wise treats TMD with the patented Wise Appliance. This device is proven to treat issues with the jaw joint, as well as tension headaches, much more effectively than traditional oral appliances or splints. While most dentists have been trained to treat TMD using these conventional devices, Dr. Wise doesn’t recommend them to our patients.

Holding three master’s degrees and extensive training in TMD and orofacial pain, Dr. Wise is a globally-recognized expert in his field. He developed the Wise Appliance to avoid traditional oral appliances, which can worsen the patient’s symptoms in some cases. To learn more about the Wise Appliance and how you can benefit from TMD treatment, call our office for a consultation with Dr. Wise.

Further Reading:

WebMD: Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD, TMJ)

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Keri J.

Dr. Haghighi is the best dentist that our family has ever had. If I could give him 10 stars I would. He is so kind, gentle, does great dentistry and is affordable. His staff is also wonderful to interact with. Our family highly trusts this dentist and would recommend him.
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I've been to many dentists and dental offices over the years and have never received such exemplary care. Dr. Haghighi and his staff are an incredible bunch!
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Dr. & staff were friendly, empathetic & knowledgeable. They offer affordable dental care for those w/o insurance. I left after my hygiene appointment very happy & assured that I received excellent care.
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