The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the place where your jaw attaches to your skull to enable you to open and close your jaw smoothly. Sometimes the joint is damaged or injured, leading to a debilitating condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder or dysfunction (TMD). If you're having pain or hearing sounds whenever you open your jaw, then schedule an appointment with dentist Dr. Lauren Shanard to see if you have TMD. At her office, Contemporary Dental Arts in Williston, VT, Dr. Shanard utilizes innovative tools to diagnose and care for your TMD to relieve painful symptoms. Your treatment will be dependent on the cause of your TMD and your particular condition, but a few choices are oral appliances (night or mouth guards), bite adjustment, dental restorations, and much more.
"Hi!! I’m looking to speak with a dentist office from Vermont. I’m doing a little research for a project and would like to ask you a few questions. If we have a good fit, We might be able to work together and get new customers for your business. If you agree, we could set up a quick 5-10 minutes interview through Skype or Zoom. I look forward to hear from you soon!! Alfonso Franco"- A.A. / Facebook / Feb 12, 2020
"The prices are not cheap, but the service is the best I have ever had. I have never been fussed over so much, had so much follow-up and the work is amazing."- C.T. / Yelp / Dec 02, 2019
"As I’ve come to expect, everyone at Contemporary Dental Arts was fantastic. I’m always made to feel at home and Dr. Shannard and her team are outstanding. Whether in for a cleaning or a crown, I know I’m in good hands."- J.C. / Google / Nov 06, 2019
"Great team and care!"- N.B. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
"UPDATE TO EARLIER REVIEW: I have now been a patient with Contemporary Dental Arts (Dr. Lauren Shanard) for nearly three months. I am undergoing a massive amount of work - replacements of many old crowns, three new implants, and a redo of 20-year-old veneers - and while the cost is staggering (as it generally is for this type and quality of cosmetic and restoration work), I am confident that I am making a wise investment at the right place. In the past, I was never charged for temporary crowns (that was a substantial expense at this office which I did not expect), but I have also never had such beautiful provisionals, which I appreciated as the lab took a while to create my permanent crowns (and Dr. Shanard sent them back to be redone because they were not quite perfect enough, also much appreciated). Dr. Shanard is superbly skilled with her hands, aesthetically discerning, medically informed, and up-to-date on the newest dental techniques. She will not settle for "okay" and spends extra time to reach her ideal. She maintains a very good network of related specialists (including my equally excellent periodontist and endodontist, with whom cooperative communication has been exemplary). Dr. Shanard‘s entire staff operates with the same high standards, as well as thoughtfulness and respect for their patients. The sophisticated facility is immaculate. I am now about one-third of the way along in my treatment plan, and up to this point, the results have been exceptional - far better than the work I had done by Manhattan dentists during my many years of living in that city. ORIGINAL REVIEW: As a new patient, I was graciously welcomed into Dr. Shanard‘s beautiful dental office. I was neither rushed nor pressured, considerate accommodations were made for my comfort throughout, and all staff were so very kind and professional. Dr. Shanard is thorough, knowledgeable, compassionate and patient. She clearly explained everything to me in both a medical and easily understandable manner. My initial experience has been excellent and has given me hope in my complex case. I look forward to continuing the relationship."- E.S. / Google / Oct 03, 2019
TMD may be caused by an injury to the jaw, years of teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenching, or misalignment of the teeth (dental malocclusion). Other conditions that may cause TMD include arthritis or a tumor in the TMJ. Sometimes the cause of TMD is unclear, but if you're having symptoms, Dr. Shanard can diagnose and care for your TMJ. Some of the most typical signs of TMD are tenderness or pain at the temporomandibular joint, involuntary contractions in your face muscles, feeling like your jaw is rigid or stuck, and frequent headaches that begin in front of your ears. Another sign is hearing clicking, cracking, or popping when you move your jaw.
What To Expect
To diagnose TMD, Dr. Shanard will listen carefully to understand your concerns prior to a physical exam. Throughout the examination, she will evaluate how your jaw moves and look for signs of misalignment, teeth grinding, and jaw clenching. She will also palpate the jaw and lower face to check for any swelling and tenderness. Dr. Shanard might want to have digital images of your lower head along with an analysis of your bite to search for underlying factors that may determine your therapy approach. Depending on the examination, she will discuss your treatment choices that may incorporate a mouth guard, teeth straightening, or dental restorations (crowns, bridges, and dentures).
Along with treatments to solve the root cause of your TMD, Dr. Shanard may suggest different ways to relieve pain and other problems on your own. This may include eating softer foods, not biting your nails or chewing gum, applying heat to your jaw, and relaxation methods. Dr. Shanard may also show you exercises to strengthen your jaws or prescribe medication to relax your jaw muscles (and to relieve pain, nervousness, or even inflammation).
You should continue to go to follow-up appointments so Dr. Shanard can assess the results from your TMJ treatment. If your therapy isn't working as it should, she might consider another strategy. As soon as your TMD is treated, you should continue to schedule yearly dental examinations at Contemporary Dental Arts to keep your mouth healthy.
Dental insurance policies for diagnosing TMJ pain and TMD treatments will change, so we'll get in touch with your provider to figure out your personal expenses. Whether you do or don't have dental insurance, Dr. Shanard will discuss price quotes when explaining treatment choices. To help make all remedies cheap, Contemporary Dental Arts takes many payment options and we will be able to help you find medical financing.
Advanced TMD Treatments
Pain in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can make it difficult to eat, talk, and enjoy your life. Since there are lots of potential causes, signs, and remedies to treat temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), make an appointment with Dr. Shanard at her practice in Williston, VT. She will perform a detailed exam prior to making a diagnosis and talking about treatment choices. Get in touch with our staff at Contemporary Dental Arts to learn more and schedule your appointment.