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Do you need a specialist in Richmond to treat TMJ?

Treat TMJ, Richmond Family Dentistry

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that more than ten million Americans suffer from TMJ disorders. Many tolerate the jaw pain, limited mouth mobility, and headaches associated with TMJ because they don’t feel they can afford the time or expense of seeing a specialist in Richmond.

Treating TMJ dysfunction

Treatment of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is not a recognized medical or dental specialty. Thus, there are no laws regulating advertising as a TMJ specialist, and no established care standards. Anyone with a medical or dental degree can legally treat TMD.

Does that mean that all of them are qualified to make an accurate diagnosis, and experienced in effective treatment options? Of course not.

Dental approach

Dr. Olivia Hart has been serving the needs of patients in the Richmond area for many years. During that time, she has seen the devastating effect this chronic condition can have on quality of life. Dr. Hart has devoted her career to biological dentistry – finding biocompatible solutions for dental problems. Her treatments improve oral health, contribute to whole-body wellness, and have a positive impact on the patient’s emotional state.

As the family dentist who sees these individuals at least twice a year, she has an in-depth understanding of their oral condition. These lasting doctor-patient relationships also give Dr. Hart insight into lifestyles and stressors that contribute to TMJ. Patients feel comfortable talking with her about symptoms and concerns. That awareness allows Dr. Hart to develop effective, personalized treatment plans including:

  • Simple change in eating and lifestyle habits.
  • Cool compress therapy.
  • Massage.
  • Cold laser therapy.
  • Ultrasound.
  • Electrical stimulation.
  • Oral appliance therapy.
  • Adjustment of old dental restorations.
  • Medications, if necessary.

She begins with advanced diagnostic techniques, and applies the most conservative treatment that gets results.

Call Dr. Hart’s office in Richmond at (804) 381-6238 for the reassurance of a family dentist and TMJ specialist under one roof.


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