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Chattanooga TMJ Associates
The care you deserve, the experience you trust.
Do you have problems with neck pain, chronic head aches, tenderness in your jaw, or pain near your ear?
You could be experiencing a TMJ disorder and we can help you feel pain free again. Dr. Riley Lunn has 40+ years of expertise in treating TMD/TMJ issues. Because many of our staff have also benefited from treatment, our team listens while encouraging questions to find solutions for our patient family, ensuring trust and confidence that their issues will be resolved.
Estimated 20% of U.S. Population have some form of TMJ Disorder
Temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw to the skull (temporal bone) under your ear and facial muscles control chewing. Problems in this area can cause head and neck pain, a jaw that is locked in position or difficult to open, problems biting, and popping sounds when you bite. Please take a minute and complete The TMJ Questionnaire to find out if you or a loved one might have a TMJ disorder.
“I always feel that I am in good hands when I come for my dental appointment. An important part of that feeling is that the people who serve me are experts in the business.” — Winnie M.
The goal of TMJ/TMD treatment is to achieve maximum medical improvement restoring patient comfort and normal function. For some patients, the ideal can be achieved, while for others, depending on the nature and stage of the illness, effective management is the maximum goal and reduction of painful symptoms. Treatment for TMJ syndrome is most successful when the symptoms are recognized early and treatment is sought quickly. The longer you wait to seek treatment, the longer treatment will take to resolve the problem. 99% of our patients are successfully treated without the use of a surgical procedure.
“This is indeed a family dentistry; you are treated like part of that family. I highly recommend to any one who wants to visit a dentist, go to Lunn Dentistry!” — Gibbs R.
Obtaining the Perfect Bite!
Phase I treatment includes a comprehensive clinical examination includes identification of bite and posture patterns: careful observations of signs and symptoms of your TMJ/TMD disorder, as well as how the disorder affects your posture, muscle tenderness, jaw joint function, and the destruction of your teeth and gum tissues. A digital CT-Scan of your head and neck including upper cervical vertebrae in used in diagnosing possible pathologies, sinus and airway insufficiencies, cysts, tumors, as well as possible cardiovascular concerns such as carotid artery disease. Following the examination, Dr. Riley Lunn will recommend a treatment plan individualized for each patient’s needs.
“Extremely knowledgeable staff and a great comprehensive team approach to dental care. I leave feeling educated on my role in prevention/maintenance and well taken care of. ” — Melissa H.
Depending on the nature and severity of jaw dysfunction, more comprehensive treatments might be indicated such as an orthotic appliance. The appliance is temporary, much like a cast on a broken arm, whose purpose is to re-align the jaw, teeth, and muscles into the proper position for maximum medical improvement prior to a more permanent solution. At Lunn Dentistry, we monitor our TMD/TMJ patients for improvement and/or make adjustments to the appliance during the Phase 1 Treatment, which typically lasts 4 to 5 months. Patients should expect to visit our office following delivery of the appliance according to a dentist prescribed schedule, depending upon how their treatment is progressing.
“I always get great patient education here! Your care is excellent and I always leave feeling well-informed.” — Rachel R.
Making the Bite Permanent
Following 4 to 5 months of treatment and full-time use of the splint (if prescribed), patients return for a second digital CT-Scan. Based on the results and the outcome of the initial treatment, options for Stage II Treatment are discussed.
“They made me feel very welcome and comfortable. They mixed business and pleasure very well. Continue to treat your staff like the professionals they truly are. I want to tell you that I like coming to my dentist!!!” — Wayne A.
Dr. Riley Lunn
Dr. Riley Lunn has 40+ years of expertise in treating TMD/TMJ issues, as well as founder and publisher of The Journal of Cranio Mandibular Practice, the world’s oldest and largest journal in the world devoted to temporomandibular disorders and sleep medicine. Because many of our staff have also benefited from treatment, our team listens while encouraging questions to find solutions for our patient family, ensuring trust and confidence that their issues will be resolved.