Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is an umbrella term describing tenderness and pain of the jaw joint and/or muscles controlling jaw movement. TMD is different from TMJ disorder (temporomandibular joint disorder) because TMJ affects only the jaw joint.

If Fairlawn/Akron, Ohio dentist Dr. Sima F. Chegini diagnoses you with TMD, your jaw muscles are causing pain and tenderness.

Symptoms of TMD

Please call Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule an appointment if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Muscle aches, jaw pain, and/or pain under your ear
  • Hearing popping/clicking/grinding noises when you move your jaw
  • A recurring earache not attributed to respiratory or other illness
  • Stiff jaw muscles
  • Inability to open your mouth completely
  • Feeling like your jaw “locks” when you open it

To diagnose TMD, Dr. Chegini will evaluate your symptoms, take digital X-rays of your mouth and jaw and test your bite parameters. If no other medical issues are found to be causing your symptoms, you may need TMD treatment provided by Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

TMD Treatment review ~ Emily E.

I can not say enough good things about my first appointment with Dr. Chegini and everyone at the office. Every single person was extremely warm and welcoming. It has been longer than I care to admit since I have been to the dentist. There was no judgement, no shaming. Just a “this is what we need to do to get you back on track, and we can do it” attitude!


Preventative Dentistry Bruxism
Dr. Chegini has realized from early on that most dental problems of her patients were not caused by bad brushing or poor oral hygiene home care resulting in bacterial tooth decay. It’s now clear that the actual root cause of most dental problems originates in an uneven, harsh, and traumatic bite that goes hand in hand with grinding, clenching, and bruxism. Therefore no need for fixing teeth with crowns, restorations, or root canals by dentists if a knowledgeable and preventative plan is in place. Dental prevention by enlargement is nothing but omitting or controlling dental trauma. Please contact us by visiting our website or calling our office to schedule an appointment.

Causes of TMD

Patients who grind or clench their teeth, have sleep apnea, or recently experienced trauma to the mouth and/or jaw may be at risk for suffering TMD. In some cases, patients with improper bites since childhood who never had their bites corrected may develop TMD. Improper biting and severely decayed teeth (when teeth are not aligned normally) place excessive wear and tear on jaw joints over time.

How is TMD Treated at Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Akron, Ohio?

To receive pain relief with effective TMD treatment, Akron, Ohio, residents rely on Dr. Chegini to determine whether they need orthodontic, restorative, cosmetic, or other dental procedures to correct an improper bite.

To facilitate pain relief, Dr. Chegini will evaluate your bite. With the correct diagnosis and treatment with a series of bite adjustments and the use of a proper custom-made bite splint, your pain will be eliminated.

Temporomandibular disorder is entirely treatable without resorting to surgery.

Call Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Akron today at (330) 593-2500 to schedule an appointment if you have symptoms of TMD.


Dr. Sima Chegini, Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Sima F. Chegini graduated from Loyola University, School Of Dentistry in Chicago in 1993 and gained experience in complex dentistry via a General Practice Residency (GPR) in Dentistry at the University of Rochester, NY. Having worked as an associate dentist at a private practice in Boston, MA, for two years, she moved to Seattle, WA, in 1996. Here she taught dental students as a part-time faculty member at the University of WA, School of Dentistry, and dental hygienists at Lake WA Technical College in Kirkland, WA. At the same time, she completed a six-month fellowship, Dental Education in Care of the Disabled, at the University of WA, School of Dentistry. She also worked as a lead dentist at community health centers in Seattle.

Dr. Chegini established Arsmiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Fairlawn, OH, in 1999, where she continues to practice. She is also a clinical instructor at Summa Hospital‘s GPR in Akron. She has invested heavily in continuing education and training for herself and her team and combines it with advanced technologies at her office for the best patient outcomes. Her patients appreciate her holistic approach to dentistry.