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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). our dentists 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. our dentists 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.


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Pat ShelleyPat Shelley
02:13 02 Dec 23
Thoroughly professional.
Cheryl LaneCheryl Lane
02:15 01 Dec 23
William BurgermyerWilliam Burgermyer
02:15 30 Nov 23
Very professional and caring people
Ted AkedTed Aked
02:59 29 Nov 23
Nice pleasant office, no pressure, friendly gentle cleaning! Thanks!
Michael DealMichael Deal
02:43 29 Nov 23
I really appreciated the detail explanation of the services. Truly welcoming.
Rachael PetersonRachael Peterson
01:53 19 Oct 23
Dr. Gaunt is the best! This is the first dentist that I have had a good experience with. I had a root canal done and was so nervous, they made me comfortable and had it done within an hour. I would definitely recommend Downriver smiles!
Vyrdi OVyrdi O
04:26 10 Oct 23
I had the worst dental anxiety before going to Dr. Gaunt years ago- to the point I let my teeth go until they were breaking, in need of numerous fillings, root canals, and extractions. Dr. Gaunt was by far the best dentist I have ever had; he explained everything in as much detail as I required, made me comfortable with any procedure and has won my and my family's business throughout the years with his excellent care and demeanor. Dr. Gaunt and all his wonderful staff are a joy to work with and I can guarantee our continued visits in the years to come for any work my family requires. Thank you Downriver Smiles staff!
Cinda SchusterCinda Schuster
16:04 28 Sep 23
Dr Gaunt is a great dentist. I have been seeing him for years he always does a great job. I always feel confident in his care.The staff at Downriver Smiles Dentistry is always helpful & kind.
Lori AspenleiterLori Aspenleiter
04:40 12 Sep 23
Dr Guant is a great Dentist! He is very friendly, professional, thorough, compassionate and never ever rushes. He answers any of your questions or concerns! He spends extra time and does outstanding work! The office staff is very friendly and accommodating! Highly recommend Downriver Smiles!
Patty McGinnisPatty McGinnis
01:17 07 Sep 23
The employees at Shadle Smiles are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!
  • The employees at Shadle Smiles [Downriver] are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!

    Patty M.
  • 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.
  • Downriver Smiles is amazing! They provide the kind of experience that we all hope for when going to the dentist. Everyone there is caring and takes all the time needed to make sure you are comfortable and that your questions are answered. Dr. Harding is wonderful! I would never want to go anywhere else.

    Chris B.
  • Dr. Harding is gentle and thorough in his care. He always explains what he is doing and why. Great office staff, too.

    Sheri D.


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