TMJ

TMJ Treatment

Getting rid of Houston’s headaches for good!

TMJ Symptoms

Find out if you suffer from a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be a candidate for our TMJ treatment:
  • Headaches, migraines, or dizziness
  • Stiffness or soreness in the neck, shoulders, or back
  • Facial or jaw pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitive teeth or loose teeth
  • Clenching, grinding, or clicking of the jaw
If you have TMJ disorder, Dr. Randy Mitchmore can help relieve your pain and restore normality to your life!

TMJ Diagnosis

Advanced technology can identify the main cause of your jaw pain.

The first step in diagnosing TMJ is helping your jaw relax with a TENS unit. The TENS gently uses light electrical pulses to help your jaw muscles relax. This allows waste products like lactic acid to drain out of your muscles, relieving pain and tension as well as helping your jaw move into its optimal position.

Once your jaw is relaxed, we use the Myotronics K7 system to measure and evaluate your bite and its function. The K7 system takes gentle, non-invasive measurements of your jaw and delivers comprehensive data about your bite and the TMJ joint so that we can develop a targeted treatment plan. We also use sonography as an evaluation tool, which helps us listen to the TMJ sounds and compare them to normal data. We evaluate the duration and exact location of the sounds during jaw opening and closing.

Treatment Options

Using neuromuscular dentistry to provide non-invasive relief from TMJ pain.

Neuromuscular dentistry offers non-invasive treatments for any TMJ disorder. With neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Mitchmore can determine the optimal position of the jaw by measuring the relaxed position of your head and neck muscles and then repositioning the jaw to achieve those exact measurements. Repositioning may include wearing an orthotic device or adjusting the bite through the application of dental restorations.

Another option is to relax the muscles using therapeutic Botox®. These simple injections can cause pain relief and loosen your jaw muscles.

Proper TMJ treatment usually results in complete pain relief, and we also find that many patients experience a moderate to significant change in their facial appearance following completion of the treatment. Patients with recessed lower jaws may have a new profile, accenting a stronger jawline and chin. Areas of the jaw that may have protruded excessively will be pulled back in alignment.

In addition, all the restorations necessary to correct the bite will be created with consideration to the aesthetic result of the smile. Not only will this procedure correct pain, it will give you the smile you have always dreamed about. No more headaches and a beautiful, new smile… It’s life changing!

“Staff is great and it is a beautiful office. I get panicky about not being able to breathe and the staff could not be more understanding and supportive. Using conscious sedation to get two crowns done at one visit was perfect! Highly recommend Lifesmiles!”
Brent B. (Actual LifeSmiles Patient)

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Toni Wilson
Queen of Charisma

Toni’s favorite thing about working at LifeSmiles is the beautiful scenery. When patients are having anxiety about their dental appointments, she creates a fearless atmosphere with her charisma and warmth. She is passionate about helping every patient achieve their dental health goals. She says she truly loves being part of a team where she can grow professionally and personally.

Outside the office: Toni loves spending time with her husband and their sons. She also likes to show off her green thumb with her work in her garden.


Bucket list item:
Travel around the world and learn about other cultures and regions.

Your hero: Harriet Tubman because she was passionate and a fearless leader unafraid of any of life’s challenges.

Mike Mireles
Patient Care and Education

Mike began his career at LifeSmiles seeking an opportunity to expand his skillset and advance his career. Today he works at Dr. Michmore’s side through dental procedures and surgeries. He loves working at LifeSmiles because the entire team is continually learning and keeping up to date with the newest advancements in dentistry.

Outside the office: Mike enjoys barbecuing on his patio, traveling, and spending time with his family. He’s a dog dad of two: Tati and Tito.


Bucket list item:
To visit Thailand and Dubai and to try skydiving!

Your hero: Mike looks up to his parents and is forever grateful for the life lesson they taught him; respect, manners, strength, and to be a go-getter. He continues to carry these things with him with everything he does.

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Sandra Smith
Ambassador

Sandra is 44 years old and has a learning disability. At LifeSmiles, Sandra stocks patient rooms and the coffee bar. She does all kinds of special projects like decorating for holidays and preparing awesome gifts for our patients.

Sandra loves being around all her friends and is proud to wear a LifeSmiles shirt, jacket, and name badge. You’ll always find her smiling and helping make our patients smile too.

Outside the Office: Sandra likes to go fishing with her family, swim, go to dances, and walk the mall with her friends. She is very active in the Special Olympics. This year, Sandra won second place in the state volleyball tournament (go, Sandra!). She sings in her church choir and every other year goes on an international trip with them.

Spirit Animal: Butterfly. She likes them because they are pretty.

Andie Willis
Director of Details

Andie is married with one son, Logan and now lives in The Woodlands. She grew up in Sugar Land and has followed in her mother’s footsteps – she has been in dentistry for over 35 years. Andie actually started out working in the office with her mom and learned many things from the way she worked.

Andie has been a Lead Dental Assistant for most of her career. She has worked for many specialists including oral surgeons and periodontists. She has extensive training in all facets of dentistry but especially enjoys the surgical and cosmetic side. As a science nerd, dentistry fascinates Andie and gives her a sense of accomplishment.

At LifeSmiles, she is our “Director of Details”. Andie is known for being a perfectionist because she likes to gather as much information as possible and go the extra mile to match Dr. Mitchmore’s high standards. She truly loves being part of our dedicated team of professionals who go above and beyond for our amazing patients.

Outside of the Office: Andie is addicted to Lagree fitness and loves to go off-shore fishing.

Your Hero: Her Mom. She is the most selfless person Andie knows.

John Copous
Chief Enthusiasm Officer

John became a new patient of LifeSmiles in 2008. He likes to tell people he was not allowed to leave. John worked down the street for 14 years before joining the team. He has a passion for meeting new people and extending genuine hospitality.

Often the first person people meet on the phone and when they walk in the door, you can count on John for a warm welcoming smile. You can even ‘hear’ it over the phone. He says, “I believe everyone deserves the red carpet treatment and love seeing other people smile.”

John hears stories every day how someone’s smile is holding them back. He can barely contain his excitement when shouting the praises of Dr. Mitchmore and the entire team. He shares passionate stories of how the transformations people have received at LifeSmiles, changed their lives.

Outside the Office: John loves being outside. He enjoys sharing a beach house with friends and family. He loves entertaining, throwing a party and cooking at home. He can start a conversation with anyone, anywhere. He’s an amateur stand-up comic.

Bucket List Item: To live in a foreign country for one year, somewhere near the beach. Take some time to write an epic love novel loosely based on my large Italian family.

Your Hero: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. While fictional, the character incorporates admirable qualities from real life people. She believes in the goodness of everyone, keeps on going and moves forward despite any obstacle. She is able to find humor in other people’s quirks, accepts them and makes sense of it all. Plus, she’s a little outrageous too.