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If you find yourself waking up with a tension headache every morning or feel your jaw clicking while you chew, you may need to be evaluated for TMD, or temporomandibular disorder. This is a disorder that involves problems with your TMJ, or the joint that attaches the jawbone to the skull. Your TMJ is what enables you to chew and speak comfortable. If this joint is irritated or inflamed, you may experience the following TMD symptoms:

  • Jaw soreness
  • Jaw joint stiffness or “locking”
  • Frequent tension headaches
  • Uneven bite
  • Ear pain

Where should you go when you are experiencing TMJ problems? Your dentist! TMD can originate from a variety of problems, including those that involve your teeth alignment, bruxism (teeth grinding) and others. Your dentist can recommend the most effective solution that is customized for your case. For example, a nighttime oral appliance can prevent teeth clenching and grinding, which can aggravate the TMJ. Other patients may need orthodontic treatment to realign their bite and alleviate TMJ dysfunction.

Serious Setbacks of Untreated TMJ Disorder

Leaving TMD untreated is more than just living with its disruptive symptoms. A slight discomfort can easily turn into crippling pain if not addressed properly. Losing your ability to eat and speak comfortably is a profound detriment to your quality of life. Furthermore, TMJ problems can be associated with sleep disturbances, and a lack of quality sleep can impact your overall health. Lastly, untreated TMD may cause early wear and tear on your teeth, resulting in the eventual need for expensive restorative work or tooth replacement.

A Jaw Pain Dentist in Liberty Lake

Letting your dentist address your TMJ problems sooner rather than later is an investment worth making. It can prevent more costly treatments in the future as well as improve your comfort and well being. At Liberty Lake Smile Source, we proudly offer the latest non-invasive treatment methods for TMD. We carefully evaluate your condition and provide a tailored solution to alleviate your symptoms.

Posted on behalf of Liberty Lake Smile Source

22011 E Country Vista Dr, Building A Suite 201,
Liberty Lake, WA 99019

Phone: (509) 927-9279


  • Monday:7:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday:7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday:7:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday:7:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday:7:00am - 4:00pm
  • Saturday:Closed

Smiles Worth Raving About

Logan LankfordLogan Lankford
03:30 06 Dec 23
Great location, great people, and all around a great dentist. I recently transferred to their office due to location, and I’m very impressed with everything they have to offer. From the receptionist, to the hygienist, and the dentist are all super friendly and very professional.
Jason AdamsJason Adams
07:13 05 Dec 23
I absolutely love the team at Liberty Lake Smile Source.I've been seeing Dr. Tim Casey for over 5 years and you won't find someone who is more attentive, caring and professional. We only see each other a couple times a year and he always checks in on how my family and I are doing.All of the staff are top-notch and I would 100% recommend this team to anyone who asks.
Kennedy JuchauKennedy Juchau
02:45 02 Dec 23
I have had great experiences every time I go in. They are friendly and thorough every time. They are always very confident in their diagnosis and are always willing to answer any questions I have.
Randy BolingerRandy Bolinger
18:46 01 Dec 23
Always a great visit. Very professional and friendly!
Darius TerryDarius Terry
20:41 23 Nov 23
It's always amazing, front desk is amazing, very good customer service !! And the doctors and all , always are there for me, always there for a patient so with all that being said, you got are indeed my favorite place , and favorite people! I want to say thanks for all your guys help etc..-Darius Terry (:
Kelsea HopkinsKelsea Hopkins
04:30 16 Nov 23
From start to finish, a great experience.Patty had a warm and welcoming smile to get me checked in (and out). I met with Heather (with a little help from Elizabeth) who were fantastic at explaining the whole process and making sure to breakdown jargon and let me know the findings of my cleaning. I got to watch some silly and funny animal tv on the ceiling which had some great ways to make me smile during the visit. They took great X-rays and pictures of my teeth to ensure all aspects of my dental care were considered. Dr. Macall was personable while also professional and informative. Would 10/10 recommend the entire process with this group. Thank you for your great care and even though it’s the dentist office, I look forward to returning.
Paula KrantPaula Krant
01:40 27 Oct 23
Was a great experience. The technician was very pleasant. She was attentive to me and my questions. Gentle and considerate. Dentist was great. Felt he was professional and explained things well. No pressure on what needed to be done or how soon. Office personal were very pleasant and attentive. Explained the treatment plan and insurance coverage and what my costs would be. It was a very pleasant and comfortable visit. I would recommend this office to others.
Barbara ChimentiBarbara Chimenti
01:39 11 Oct 23
The staff was very friendly. Office clean and welcoming. Hygienist was extremely knowledgeable and gentle. Dr Casey explained all scenarios to me and what work was needed first. I liked the efficiency of all his staff and I think it was my best experience with any dentist.
Real Ron SwansonReal Ron Swanson
20:12 28 Sep 23
Recently moved here from Chicago, and a family member recommended Liberty Lake Smile. It took a brief and easy website visit and a follow-up call from them, and I had an appointment right away! I was impressed at how nice and professional the entire staff was, and it was apparent they really did care, and know their business! I was surprised at how thorough my initial visit and assessment actually was. Ann, the Hygienist and Dr. Casey demonstrated their competence, experience and professionalism, and left me with a feeling of confidence that they would provide excellent care! Moreover, they came up with a detailed plan to map out the course of action. I would happily recommend Liberty Lake Smile for your dental needs.