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COVID-19: Office Updates

The health and wellbeing of our team, patients, and community is our highest priority. We look forward to continuing the highest level dental care when cleared to do so by health officials.

Salem Dental Arts is closed until 6/8/2020
We will remain open for Emergency Patients

My dental office is closed, what does that mean for me?



Although the office is closed, we are still here for you. The office is following the recommendations from the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and has been closed for any elective treatment since March 16th. We will re-open to our regular schedule when the recommendations change and allow us to do so. As of now, we plan to be back in the office on June 8th, 2020. If this changes, we will notify you. We are available for dental emergencies as well as teledentistry. Teledentistry allows the patient to consult with the doctor without coming into the office to determine the necessary treatment plan.
COVID-19 Dental Protocol

TMJ Treatment
Salem, MA


Woman holding jaw due to TMJ painThe temporomandibular joint, or TMJ for short, is one of the most complex joints in the body. This complex series of ligaments, muscles, discs, and bones serve as a hinge-like mechanism that connects the upper and lower jaws. In other words, our TMJ allows us to move our lower jaw up, down, and side-to-side. Any problem that prevents the TMJ from working properly is known as a TMJ disorder or TMD. At Salem Dental Arts, we offer treatment designed to alleviate the symptoms associated with TMJ disorders.

Causes of TMJ Disorders


The exact cause of TMD is difficult to pinpoint because the symptoms are often related to other problems. Dr. Pamela Maragliano will review your medical and dental histories, as well as conduct a comprehensive examination to help make a proper diagnosis. Your exam may include x-rays, CBCT scans, and 3D imaging.

Most professionals believe TMD symptoms are the result of several factors, including injuries, arthritis, genetics, and issues within the muscle or parts of the joint itself. TMJ disorders are quite common for people who habitually clench or grind their teeth. Teeth grinding is also referred to as bruxism. Bruxism is often a response to stress or anxiety.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorders


TMJ disorders can have many symptoms that affect one or both sides of your face. The biggest indicator is often severe pain and discomfort when using your jaw. TMJ pain can be temporary or long term. It is most common in women between the ages of 20 and 40.

Common symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
•  Problems when opening your mouth wide
•  Popping, grating, or clicking sounds when you open or close your mouth
•  Pain or tenderness in the jaw area, face, ears, neck, and shoulders when using the jaw
•  A jaw that locks or gets stuck in the open or closed position
•  Swelling on either side of your face
•  Trouble with chewing or speaking
•  A malocclusion or misaligned bite (teeth that do not fit together properly)

Treatments for TMJ Disorders


You should seek treatment if you have persistent tenderness, pain, or problems using your jaw. During your appointment, Dr. Pamela Maragliano will discuss your possible treatment options. One of the most common non-drug therapies involves an oral splint or mouthguard, also known as an occlusal appliance. An occlusal appliance will reduce the harmful effects of nocturnal bruxism while you sleep. Your appliance will be custom-made for your bite to provide a comfortable and effective fit.

We may also recommend training or counseling to help you better understand the behavior and factors that result in stress-related habits. Stress-related habits, such as biting your fingernails and clenching your jaw, can significantly contribute to your TMD.

Muscle spasms and pain can be reduced with a warm compress and over-the-counter pain relievers. For stronger relief, we may recommend prescription medications like muscle relaxants. If these methods prove ineffective, you may be in need of surgical intervention.

Schedule Your Appointment


Find out if you need treatment for your TMJ! Call (978) 219-6566 to schedule your appointment today.

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