TMJ Disorders in Tacoma, WA

Find the root cause of your TMJ pain.

What Is TMJ?

TMJ is a painful disorder affecting millions of Americans! Are you one?

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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), located on each side of your jaw, acts as a sliding hinge between your jawbone and skull — opening, closing, and moving your mouth from side to side.

When this joint is impaired, it can cause TMJ disorder (TMD), which is commonly associated with jaw pain.

At Giesy Family & Implant Dentistry, our dentist is board-certified in craniofacial pain, allowing him to provide TMJ therapy in Tacoma, WA. He can help you:

  • Diagnose your TMD: Dr. Giesy believes in finding the root cause of your disorder. Often, it is not what you or your physician might expect.
  • Get relief: From custom orthotics to non-surgical therapies, Dr. Giesy will help you relieve your TMJ pain.
  • Prevent future flare-ups: Dr. Giesy’s dental experience sets him apart from other TMJ doctors because he can provide jaw orthotics and non-invasive auxiliary treatments.

Isn’t it time you had your TMD properly diagnosed? Take the first step and schedule a consultation today!

Why Patients Choose Dr. Giesy for Their TMJ

He is one of the first dentists in the Pacific Northwest with three board-certified diplomate certifications.

Worldwide Recognition

Dr. Giesy is part of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Washington...Open a new window to the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Washington's website..., an international branch dedicated to helping people overcome their TMD or sleep apnea. This TMJ office is adjoined to our dental office in Tacoma, WA.

Non-Invasive Treatments

Instead of immediately jumping to surgical procedures, we strive to find the origin of your TMJ problem. From there, our mission is to provide conservative and non-invasive treatments that target your TMJ disorder directly. Dr. Giesy also works with TMJ specialists in the area for additional treatments.


Dr. Giesy has an impressive resume with board certifications in craniofacial pain (TMJ) and dental sleep medicine (sleep apnea), multiple awards for "Top Dentist," and experience lecturing fellow medical professionals at a national level.

Real TMJ Patient of Dr. Giesy

Hear from one of Dr. Giesy's TMJ patients at the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Washington.
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‘‘I would never want any patient of mine to suffer any amount of pain. That is why I treat TMD (TMJ disorder). If I can help prevent my patients' pain and better their lives, I will do everything in my power to do so."

~ Dr. Giesy
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Is Your TMJ Pain Not Going Away On Its Own?

No one should have to bear the pain of TMJ disorder. With our eBook, you won’t have to any longer!

Take the first step to finding TMJ pain relief by downloading our FREE eBook on jaw pain. Our Tacoma dentist outlines the symptoms, causes, and treatment to get rid of your TMD finally.

FAQs about TMJ Disorders

Answers from our board-certified craniofacial pain (TMJ) dentist.
  • What are the symptoms of TMD?

    The most common symptom of TMD is jaw pain or tenderness. Other TMD symptoms include:

    • Limited jaw movement
    • Jaw popping or clicking
    • Difficulty chewing
    • Tight or sore jaw muscles
    • Bruxism (grinding or clenching your teeth)
    • Sensitive teeth or toothaches when no dental problems are present
    • Chronic headaches or migraines
    • Facial pain
    • Swollen sides of your face
    • Ear pain or fullness
    • Ringing or popping sound in the ear
    • Dizziness

    Are you experiencing any of the above? If so, visit our dentist in Tacoma for a consultation.

  • What causes TMJ disorder?

    Our Tacoma dentist often recognizes the cause of TMJ disorders as:

    • Trauma (jaw dislocation, strains, sprains, or injuries)
    • Arthritis
    • Poor posture
    • Stress
    • Muscle hyperactivity
    • Bruxism (grinding or clenching your teeth)
    • Poor tongue position
    • Chronic mouth breathing (snoring/sleep apnea)
    • Improper occlusion

    Want to find the cause of your TMJ disorder? Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Giesy.

  • Can TMJ disorder go away on its own?

    You may read or hear your TMJ disorder will go away on its own, often with the help of home remedies like jaw exercises.

    However, the problem here is you are not treating the source of your TMD. This increases your risk for repeat symptoms like painful chewing or locked jaw.

  • How long does TMJ treatment take?

    The average treatment time for TMJ is 12 weeks.

    If you experience painful symptoms, we will do our best to help you relieve your TMJ pain as soon as possible. We don’t want you to suffer any longer than you already have.

  • Do I see a doctor or dentist for jaw pain?

    At our Tacoma dental office, you get the benefits of both – a dentist who is also board-certified in craniofacial pain (TMJ).

    Many dentists are already trained in oral maxillofacial, and with additional training in TMJ, can become some of the best professionals to seek TMJ treatment from.

    If you are looking for a TMJ dentist near Tacoma, then schedule an appointment with Dr. Giesy. We proudly extend our services to the Pacific Northwest, including Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Spanaway, Ruston, Lakewood, University Place, Fircrest, Olympia, Puyallup, Federal Way, Fife, and Port Orchard, WA.

No Pain. All Gain.
Contact us to schedule your TMJ consultation today!