TMJ Therapy

You Don't Have to Live With Chronic Pain

TMJ/TMD is a chronic degenerative disease that often takes years to develop and affects millions of people. Those suffering from TMJ/TMD disorders report chronic pain in the jaw, teeth, face, head, neck, shoulders, or back, or any combination of these areas. If you are suffering from TMJ symptoms, you are not alone!

Dr. Mike Hagley of Grand Rapids Dental Care may be able to help. With an accurate diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan or appropriate referral, you may well be on your way to a pain-free existence. Dr. Hagley has extensive training in all areas of dental care including diagnosis and treatment of TMJ/TMD from the prestigious Dawson Academy and other institutions. Don't suffer needlessly!

What is TMJ?

The TMJ is the TemporoMandibular Joint or jaw joint. These are the joints in front of each ear that attach the lower jaw to the skull. “TMJ” has become a catchall phrase used to label a large number of acute and chronic disorders of the joint, muscles, nerves, and associated structures. TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, refers to a group of conditions which may be caused by a misalignment of the jaw and skull or chronic tooth grinding (bruxism).


In many cases, those who suffer from TMJ disorder have an imbalance in the jaw-to-skull relationship, which is caused by a bad bite (malocclusion). Malocclusion means that your upper and lower teeth do not close together in the correct way—they are misaligned. When the teeth are misaligned, muscles may be forced into a strained position, which may result in pain in the face, head, arms, shoulders, or back. Although a person may have beautiful teeth or had orthodontics to line the teeth up for aesthetic reasons, the muscles and joints may not be comfortable. TMJ problems may also stem from arthritis, clenching, accidents, or trauma.

Common Symptoms

  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Facial pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Tinnitus (Ringing in the ears)
  • Unexplained loose teeth
  • Sensitive and sore teeth
  • Joint pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw joints
  • Limited jaw movement or locking jaw
  • Worn or cracked teeth

Fortunately, TMD and its related symptoms can be treated. Dr. Hagley can accurately diagnose this disorder and offer treatment aimed at relieving its symptoms. Because the causes of these disorders are multi-faceted and are not always dental in nature, Dr. Hagley works with an extensive network of professionals and has the knowledge and resources to refer patients needing more specialized treatment. Together your team of dental and medical professionals will diagnose and treat the disorders.

Your Search for a Grand Rapids Dentist is Over!

Call today and reserve your appointment with Dr. Mike Hagley, Dr. Spencer Buchert and Dr. Rachel Buchert at our Grand Rapids dental office, we practice comprehensive dentistry for families in the Hibbing, Nashwauk, Deer River, and greater Itasca County areas. We look forward to helping you achieve a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles.