Jaw Pain (TMD)

Our body is a complex system of adaptive processes.  When we experience a greater demand on  our body than our adaptive process can handle, we begin to experience pain and discomfort.  To minimize pain and discomfort, Dr. Cress uses a clinical approach to treating patients with facial and jaw pain (TMD).

Diagnosis & Treatment of TMD

Many people have problems with jaw movement and pain in and around the jaw joints at some time during their lives. These joint and muscle problems are complex. So finding the right diagnosis and treatment of TMD may take some time.

Symptoms of TMD

What Does TMD Stand For?


The jaw joint, or temporomandibular (TM) joint, connects the lower jaw to the skull. The TM is the most sophisticated and most utilized joint in the body. 

Did You Know…

The TM joint is responsible for opening and closing the jaw for chewing, swallowing, talking and other daily movements of the head and neck region. It is considered the gateway to your airway.


“I just want to thank you for treating my TMJ issues. I can’t express enough how much better my jaw feels after your evaluation and expertise. If I had to wear my TMJ appliance I would wear it for the rest of my life! I feel normal again!”

– Lisa