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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is your jaw joint that allows you to speak, chew food and otherwise open and close your mouth. As such, it can endure incredible stress that places it at risk for pain and/or dysfunction. These problems are referred to generally as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). Dr. Cory Gaunt and the team at Downriver Smiles provide TMJ/TMD treatment at our modern dental clinic in Spokane.

Many people do not realize the incredible pressure that the TMJ exerts when we chew. Any misalignment, trauma or other factor that impacts this joint can cause problems. Some symptoms of TMJ/TMD can include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Facial pain
  • Jaw inflammation
  • Clicking or popping noise when opening or closing the mouth
  • Earache

These are all signs of a TMD that requires an exam and customized treatment. Even teeth that become misaligned can affect the jaw joint over time, causing TMD.

Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief!

Jaw pain caused by a TMD can sometimes be misleading. The pain can radiate and be felt in the teeth, jaw, neck and ear. It can sometimes trigger an earache, which normally makes one think of anything but a jaw problem. But any problem with the jaw joint, misalignment or jaw pain should be examined by a skilled and experienced dentist. If you have seen a physician for neck or ear pain but were unable to determine a clinical diagnosis, a visit to the dentist may solve the mystery.

Sometimes, other treatments may be necessary to relieve a TMD. Teeth misalignments or jaw malocclusions may require orthodontic treatment to ultimately relieve the condition. Wisdom teeth can place pressure on the TMJ and require removal. Dr. Gaunt can diagnose your particular cause or causes of TMD and prescribe effective treatment.

Relief for nagging jaw pain or facial pain is available at Downriver Smiles. At our state-of-the-art dental clinic in Western Spokane, we offer a number of treatment options to relieve pressure and pain in the jaw joint. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for a TMJ/TMD exam and treatment.


  • Dr. Gaunt and the entire staff at Downriver Smiles are fantastic people. Very thorough, professional, caring and kind. The attention to detail and desire to leave me better than they found me makes this office a cut above. Thank you Downriver Smiles for being so thoughtful and helpful every time I come in.

    Jack D.
  • Best dentist in Spokane! Don’t look any further! I chipped my front tooth and they got me in the next day! Left with a beautiful smile and my wallet still intact! I wasn’t an existing patient, but I am now! Awesome environment and extremely friendly staff! 10/10 hands down would recommend!

    Cortney G.
  • Dr. Gaunt replaced my two front crowns that I have had since I was 15 years old and now I am 59. He was very meticulous in sizing, shaping, fitting and color matching and spent adequate time to achieve those results. This is the best dental care I have ever had in my life. I highly recommend Downriver Smiles and their very friendly and caring staff.

    Tim A.


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