Designer Smiles Dentistry

TMJ Specialist Sydney

At Designer Smiles, we are a TMJ dentist in Sydney, and can assist you with any health concerns relating to TMJ. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a joint that connects your lower jaw to your skill. Appearing on either side of your head, the joint allows for easy jaw movements, enabling you to eat and speak freely.

This means it is a disorder of jaw joint and muscle pain. However, in a universal wholistic approach is part of the group of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders. Therefore, a careful assessment by a specialist is mandatory to reduce pain intensity and allow healing. The concept of low tech and high prudence approach is critical since:

TMJ Specialist

At Designer Smiles, we are a TMJ dentist in Sydney, and can assist you with any health concerns relating to TMJ. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a joint that connects your lower jaw to your skill. Appearing on either side of your head, the joint allows for easy jaw movements, enabling you to eat and speak freely.

TMJ Specialist Sydney

What is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ disorder affects the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull. It can cause pain, discomfort, and difficulty when moving your jaw. TMD refers to a group of conditions affecting the TMJ, leading to symptoms such as:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness: Aching around the joint or facial muscles.
  • Clicking or popping: Noises when chewing or opening the mouth.
  • Headaches: Particularly around the temples or in front of the ears.
  • Difficulty chewing: Pain or discomfort while eating.
  • Ear pain: Discomfort around the ears, sometimes leading to hearing issues.
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This means it is a disorder of jaw joint and muscle pain. However, in a universal wholistic approach is part of the group of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders. Therefore, a careful assessment by a specialist is mandatory to reduce pain intensity and allow healing. The concept of low tech and high prudence approach is critical since:

  • Aetiology and pathophysiology of the disorders are poorly understood
  • Most patients with TMD can be efficaciously managed at a primary level
  • No single treatment has been shown to exhibit superior efficacy in long term trials

Common Causes of TMD

The temporomandibular joint, referred to as TMJ, is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. This joint is found on both sides of your face and sits just in front of your ears. The function of this joint is to allow your jaw to open and close.

This is a very important part of the jaw as it is used in speech and for chewing. TMJ is often used in reference to the group of health problems relating to the jaw. You may also see the abbreviation TMD or TMJD. These abbreviations are used in reference to the temporomandibular joint itself, rather than other TMJ disorders.

In certain cases, some people may develop health concerns in relation to the TMJ. TMJ disorders that cause pain or restriction of jaw movement are referred to as TMD or MFDDS. If left untreated, they can cause further health problems such as fatigue or depression and will require the help of a TMD dentist.


What causes TMJ disorder?

Causes and Impact of TMJ Disorder
Discomfort from TMJ disorder can result in joint tenderness, facial pain, and difficulty moving your mouth and jaw. Our dentists at Designer Smiles can treat TMJ disorder, which may arise without a major incident but is often due to trauma to the jaw.

Known causes for TMJ disorder:

  • Arthritis
  • Wearing away of the joint
  • Teeth Grinding(bruxism) clenching of the jaw 
  • Structural jaw complications from birth
  • Misaligned teeth

Other causes for TMJ disorder:

  • Improper use of orthodontic braces
  • Poor posture that leads to neck and face pain
  • Stress
  • Poor diet
  • Poor sleep

No matter what the reason behind your TMJ disorder is, you can approach Designer Smiles to seek help. Our prosthodontist Dr Sarkis Nalbandian, a TMD specialist in Sydney, has provided expert TMJ services to his patients for many years. Dr Nalbandian will help you through the process of diagnosing the cause of your TMD and finding a solution to help ease the pain and discomfort.


You might have a TMD disorder if you are concerned by:

  • Pain in your face, jaw, neck or around your ear.
  • Pain in your upper back, frequent headaches, even migraines.
  • Stiffness or tenderness in your jaw muscles.
  • Limited movement or a “locking” of your jaw.
  • Clicking, popping or grating noises in your jaw joint when opening or closing your mouth.
  • A change in the way your upper and lower teeth fit together.
  • Difficulty chewing, which may even restrict the foods you can eat.

As a result, TMD can interfere with your daily activities and your ability to concentrate on the important things you have to do.


Jaw joint treatments are usually very simple but you might need to make a few visits. When you call us, we will explain that treating TM Joint and muscle pain generally involves a review of your jaw muscles and joints and an easy home-care management program.

We might also recommend short-term medication, a mouth plate, physiotherapy, counselling or extra images of your jaw joints. Call us or fill in the form and find out how we can ease your TMD pain and change your life.

When you call us at Designer Smiles, in Cremorne on Sydney’s lower North Shore, we immediately begin to assess your concerns by specialist prosthodontist Dr Sarkis Nalbandian and his team.


A TMD Specialist Will Help You Diagnose and Assessment Problem

TMJ disorder is a difficult issue to diagnose because there is no certain way of diagnosing the disorder. Our dentists have experience working with numerous patients suffering from TMJ disorder.

Our TMJ specialist will examine your jaw to check for any swelling or tenderness. To better understand the condition of your jaw, you may have to undergo X-rays, CT scans, and MRI. X-rays and CT scans make it easy for our TMJ dentist specialist to see the bones and joint tissues, whereas an MRI can report problems with the jaw’s structure

Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorder can be conducted in as little as two visits but typically will take longer. The overall treatment time for TMJ disorder is varied depending on the patient and the complexity of the case.


Treatment Options for TMJ Disorders

Treating TMJ disorders is not difficult. You will have to visit the clinic a few times and follow an easy home-care management program for treating your TMD. At times, simple self-care practices at home can also relieve the problem. Our TMJ specialist dentist Sydney may suggest you eat soft food, minimise jaw movements, apply ice in case of swelling, reduce stress, and do jaw-stretching exercises. If your problem is severe, he may prescribe short-term medications to relieve pain, swelling or relax the jaw muscle. If our TMJ expert feels you require physiotherapy or a mouth plate, you may be suggested the same.
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Your Trustworthy Jaw Pain Specialist in Sydney

If you have moderate pain in your jaw, you might not need medical treatment or jaw surgery. That’s because it usually improves once the issue clears up. However, do you have more severe issues like heartburn, indigestion, shortness of breath, dizziness, sudden cold sweats, etc.? Then you need to seek an emergency TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) or jaw specialist in Sydney.

At Designer Smiles, there will be a 100% pain-free experience for every individual suffering from severe jaw pain. Generally, you will have jaw discomfort when there is an issue with the TMJ misalignment. We have a skilled team of specialist for jaw pain that suggests you non-invasive and surgical treatments for TMJ disorder.

The ultimate goal of our jaw pain specialist is to resolve the issues related to TMJ disorders as they affect the joint that connects your skull and jaw. Slowly, you will observe that all the symptoms related to TMJ disorder are reducing. With this, your jaw pain will also be decreased. Therefore, instead of searching for a jaw specialist near me, straightway contact our jaw pain experts in Sydney.

Dr Sarkis Nalbandian believes in educating his patients on managing their condition. Making some simple lifestyle changes can reduce pain and discomfort to a great extent. If the problem is ignored initially, it may worsen and become difficult to treat. By offering simple home maintenance regiments, our TMJ specialist Sydney aims at making every patient their own doctor.

Our TMJ & TMD Procedure

At Designer Smiles, we provide comprehensive TMJ and TMD treatment options tailored to your specific needs:

Diagnosis and Evaluation:
We assess your symptoms and conduct a thorough examination to determine the underlying cause.
Personalised Treatment Plan:
Based on your diagnosis, we create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. This may include physical therapy, medications, or a custom-fitted night guard.
Advanced Techniques
Our team utilises the latest techniques and technology to ensure the most effective and comfortable treatment.
Ongoing Support
We provide follow-up care and support to monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan as needed.

Why Choose Designer Smiles?

  • Experienced TMJ/TMD Specialists: Our team has extensive experience treating TMJ and TMD, ensuring you receive expert care.
  • Patient-Focused Approach: Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities.
  • State-of-the-Art Facility: We offer advanced treatments and technology for optimal results.
  • Customised Care: We tailor treatment plans to your specific condition and needs.


Is TMJ a medical or dental problem?

The temporomandibular joint disorder occurs when you have combined jaw joint and facial muscle dysfunction. Also, patients dealing with stress, anxiety or other health conditions can experience a TMJ disorder issue. Therefore, TMJ can be a medical or dental problem as well as a combination of both. We help you understand what is causing the disorder before planning for treatment.

What will happen if TMJ is not treated?

TMJ without treatment is not a risky disorder. But if it is not treated well, then its symptoms like pain behind the eyes, jaw locking etc., can negatively disturb your quality of life over time. However, the most widely reported factors that cause TMJ is chronic jaw pain. At Designer Smiles, our TMJ specialist in Sydney will help you treat your TMJ disorder in the best way.

Can TMJ affect your brain?

TMJ disorder not only causes the problem to your jaw joint but also affects your entire body. Most importantly, it can affect your brain and prevents you from focusing on other essential tasks. The main reason behind this is TMJ, i.e., the temporomandibular joint connects your jaw directly to the skull. Using the best treatment methods, we have you resolve all issues related to TMJ disorder.

How can I fix TMJ permanently?

The best way to cure TMJ disorder is to use moist heat, applying ice, having soft food, over-the-counter medicines, jaw exercises, relaxing facial muscles, and much more. We have the best TMJ specialist in Sydney to suggest reliable medications for treating TMJ permanently or quickly. All our dental solutions are 100% tired and tested, causing no side effects.

What our Clients Say!

I've been a customer of Designer Smiles for over 20 years and I cannot say enough good things about them! From the moment you walk into the office, you are greeted with a warm and friendly atmosphere that immediately puts you at ease. The staff is knowledgeable, professional, and caring. They use the latest technology and take the time to explain everything. I highly recommend them!

Ken Baumli

Dr Sarkis is the maestro of cosmetic dentistry….for years I suffered with 2 slightly darker front teeth due to a childhood accident. I’ve had composite veneers before but nothing compared to the composite veneers Dr Sarkis did……now I feel so confident smiling again……Dr Sarkis I can’t thank you enough…

Monica McKenzie

Quite literally the best dentist I’ve been to in a lifetime. Dr Natasha Koelmeyer specifically is just a wonderfully kind and gentle Doctor. Must also mention that the head specialist here is also second to none. Their knowledge (goodness they know their stuff) their approach, their kind and gentle manner - my daughter actually enjoys going to the dentist. They’ve got a really considered patient centric mentality. I wouldn’t go anywhere else, every single person there including the reception staff is a star. Thank you Designer Smiles!

Michelle Lacasse

My journey with Dr Sarkis began about 10 years ago. I did not realise that I had lacked self confidence and shone away from "my true smile". Dr Sarkis was honest, reassuring and professional throughout my process and not only was he able to achieve that perfect smile but achieve same without compromising the health of my teeth and gums.The ongoing care at Designer Smiles is 5 star whether it is a routine check, clean minor or major dentistry. Thank you Dr Sarkis and also your team.

Christina Vergotis

I found Designer Smiles from one of their YouTube videos showcasing the Icon treatment to fix white spots on teeth. Dr. Sarkis Nalbandian's consultation provided me with a thorough plan and showed me how their practise could give me predicable results for my concerns. I knew I was in safe hands. I had Kristy Gupta perform both of my procedures and she was very professional and so kind. I am very happy with my results!

Winsome Kain

I cannot express how grateful I am for Sarkis and the team at Designer Smiles. Around 11 years ago my life changed when Sarkis first transformed my smile with composite veneers. This month, with my original teeth in tact I returned to have my composite veneers upgraded to porcelain. I was amazed that Sarkis and his team could do this without an injections, no pain and whilst still keeping my original teeth in tact. I absolutely love the result and I would highly recommend that anyone that is unhappy with their smile in any way, must visit designer smiles

Matt Williams

Started my treatment with the team at Designer Smiles in 2019. Had other dental treatments including Maxillofacial, expanders, straightening and gum grafting but out of all the procedures and surgeries Dr. Sarkis was the key as he was applying the ‘finishing product’ which included composite veneers. I am gobsmacked by the incredible job done. He talks the talk and definitely walks the walk. And his support team there are simply incredible and make you feel part of a family not just another dental clinic to take your money. Can not recommend highly enough. Customer for life here!!

Shaun Meader

Contact TMJ & TMD Specialist in Sydney​

Are you struggling with jaw pain, headaches, or discomfort when chewing? you may have Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, also known as Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). Designer Smiles offers expert treatment for TMJ and TMD in Sydney, helping you find relief from discomfort and improve your quality of life.

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