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TMD / TMJ

Alleviate Jaw Pain with Specialized TMD/TMJ Treatment

Experience relief from jaw discomfort and related symptoms with our focused TMD/TMJ Treatment at Vlass and Merritt Dental Care in Roswell, GA. Our team of dental experts provides comprehensive evaluations and tailored treatments designed to address the root causes of temporomandibular disorders. With over 30 years of dental practice, we utilize the latest techniques and therapies to reduce pain, improve function, and enhance your quality of life. Trust us to help you achieve lasting relief from TMD/TMJ complications.

Advanced Diagnostic Capabilities

At Vlass & Merritt Dental Care, we have advanced diagnostic capabilities to accurately assess TMJ disorders. Our dental team utilizes digital imaging, 3D cone beam technology, and other diagnostic tools to evaluate the alignment, function, and health of the temporomandibular joint. With precise diagnosis, we can develop targeted treatment plans to address the underlying causes of TMJ dysfunction.

Multidisciplinary Treatment Approach

We take a multidisciplinary approach to treating TMJ disorders, collaborating with specialists in orthodontics, oral surgery, and physical therapy as needed. This comprehensive approach allows us to tailor treatment plans to each patient's unique needs, combining dental interventions, orthodontic adjustments, and therapeutic exercises to achieve optimal outcomes. By addressing both the dental and musculoskeletal components of TMJ dysfunction, we can effectively alleviate pain and improve jaw function.

Conservative and Customized Treatments

At Vlass & Merritt Dental Care, we prioritize conservative and customized treatments for TMJ disorders whenever possible. Depending on the severity and underlying causes of your TMJ issues, we may recommend options such as occlusal splints, orthodontic adjustments, muscle relaxation techniques, or physical therapy. Our goal is to provide solutions that minimize discomfort and promote long-term stability and function of the jaw joint, allowing you to enjoy improved oral health and overall well-being.

Find Relief from TMJ Disorders at Vlass & Merritt Dental Care

Vlass & Merritt Dental Care offers comprehensive care for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, providing personalized treatment plans to alleviate pain and restore function to the jaw joint. Our experienced team utilizes advanced diagnostics and a multidisciplinary approach to address TMJ issues effectively, helping patients regain comfort and improve their quality of life.

TMD / TMJ FAQ's

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) refers to a group of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles surrounding the jaw. TMD can cause pain, discomfort, and dysfunction in the jaw joint and surrounding areas.

Symptoms of TMD may include jaw pain or tenderness, difficulty or discomfort when chewing, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint, limited range of motion in the jaw, headaches, earaches, facial pain, and neck or shoulder pain. Some individuals may also experience locking of the jaw joint.

TMD can be caused by various factors, including jaw misalignment, injury or trauma to the jaw joint, teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism), stress or tension, arthritis, and structural issues in the jaw joint or surrounding tissues. Certain habits or behaviors, such as chewing gum excessively or biting hard objects, can also contribute to TMD.

TMD is typically diagnosed through a comprehensive evaluation by a dentist or healthcare provider. This may include a review of the patient’s medical and dental history, a physical examination of the jaw joint and surrounding muscles, and diagnostic tests such as X-rays, MRI, or CT scans to assess the structure and function of the TMJ.

Treatment for TMD depends on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. Conservative treatment options may include lifestyle modifications (such as stress management techniques), jaw exercises, physical therapy, and wearing a night guard or oral splint to prevent teeth grinding. In some cases, medications or injections may be recommended to alleviate pain and inflammation. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

Read Our 5-Star Ratings

We are new patients to the practice and have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Joseph Merritt. Dr. Merritt is currently treating my mom who is 90 years old and helping her with some aging gum and teeth issues. The technology that Dr. MERRITT has introduced us to has been absolutely incredible but with technology comes questions. Dr. MERRITT took the time to explain everything to us, step-by-step and answered each and every question. He took his time and made sure Mom understood what he was recommending and why. I was very impressed with his attention to detail and caring approach to each conversation. We just returned from our second visit and again can report another great experience and the communication with the practice has been excellent. Kim coordinated all the transfer of mom’s dental records within an hour, so our visits have been very thorough. Did I mention the amazing technology? It is worth repeating. I am so relieved my mom is in excellent hands and we will be returning to continue the treatments Dr. MERRITT has recommended.
Dr. Vlass is my dentist even though I drive 1.5 hours to his office. I trust his judgment and he does a terrific job with my teeth. As I am advanced in years, and he has had to deal with some sensitive conditions in my mouth with outstanding results. I highly recommend their practice.
Have you ever thought you would take the time to give a dentist a review...let alone 5 stars? Well, me neither, until now. My business is all about relationships, so I pay attention when someone else values and understands that relationships are everything too. Joey Merritt, not only gets it, he embraces it. His actions and professionalism forced me to leave a dental practice that my entire family was immensely happy with when one emergency issue was treated with immediate concern at the expense of his personal time. Prior to Joey meeting me in a bad moment, the only thing we knew about each other was that my wife played tennis with his mom. What I learned after that about him was more than enough to immediately come home and tell my family that we had a new friend and dentist for life. True story.
I LOVE Dr. Merritt! He's so kind and compassionate. He's an incredible dentist! His staff is also on the same level. I've been going there for years. I first saw Dr. Vlass, then Dr. Merritt when he joined the practice. I can't recommend them enough!!
I feel that the staff listens to my concerns when I call and they try to schedule me as soon as possible. When I am seen I am confident of their care of my teeth and dental concerns. The staff is very professional! I have been seen by Dr Vlass and Dr Merritt and both are very caring and exceptional dentists. This is an outstanding dental practice! I love my dentists!!

Find Relief and Restore Function with TMJ Treatment

Experience relief from TMJ pain and dysfunction with comprehensive treatment at Vlass & Merritt Dental Care. Our advanced diagnostics, multidisciplinary approach, and conservative treatments ensure that you receive personalized care tailored to your unique needs and goals. Schedule a consultation today to begin your journey towards a healthier, more comfortable jaw joint.

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Barry L. Vlass, DMD

Dr. Barry Vlass graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in biology in 1976. He then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine located in Boston, Massachusetts where he obtained his doctorate in dental medicine (D.M.D.) in 1981.

He began practicing dentistry in Roswell in 1981. Dr. Vlass has enjoyed a successful career in dentistry due to his sincere commitment to continuing education and providing his patients with the latest technology in the field of dentistry.

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Joseph Merritt, DMD

Dr. Joseph Merritt grew up and currently resides in Roswell, Ga., and he is a proud alumnus of Roswell High School. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Louisville, School of Dentistry.

The driving force of Dr. Merritt’s career is his calling to serve others locally and in communities with limited access to dental care. He has volunteered on multiple dental mission trips to Nicaragua and Jamaica. Dr. Merritt also volunteered at a Free Day of Dentistry several years in a row in Savannah, Ga., where he started his career in dentistry.

Dr. Merritt specializes in restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. He is also a certified Invisalign provider and extensively trained in dental implants.

Outside of the office, Dr. Merritt enjoys golfing, working out, playing cornhole, and spending time with family and friends — especially with his wife Kellie, daughter Lenny, and dog Lady. Anytime you want to talk about Georgia sports… he’s your guy!

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