Dentistry

TMJ / TMD

404-851-9711

TMJ / TMD Dentistry

404-851-9711
Sinus Pressure and Dentistry

Treating a Long-Term Condition Without Surgery

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) and TMD (Temporomandibular Dysfunction) generally don’t start as an acute condition. The symptoms can be caused by many different types of problems, including arthritis, jaw injury, or muscle fatigue from clenching or grinding your teeth. Most people become conscious of their symptoms – ranging from annoying aches to debilitating headaches/migraines or neck, shoulder or back pain – only after they start impacting their quality of life.

Dr. Baier’s extensive training and teaching is based on non-surgical treatment of TMD to bring the jaw and bite back into alignment for long-term relief.

Sometimes, restoring jaw alignment can be as basic as repairing a chipped tooth or replacing a missing tooth or a worn-out crown or filling. Conditions inside your mouth change over time, and when they affect your bite, they can cause TMD.

In other cases, grinding your teeth during sleep can force your jaw out of alignment over time. A blow to the jaw or whiplash can force your jaw out of alignment immediately or over a shorter period of time. When we see those conditions, we look at splints or occlusal appliances as the first treatment option.

Occlusal Appliances are custom-designed and fabricated to reduce stress on your jaw, and they can only be prescribed after a thorough clinical examination. Occlusal Appliances allow muscles to function optimally and/or overcome issues affecting your bite. When the treatment works as designed for your condition, it can help the lower jaw reposition properly into its socket and reduce or eliminate pain.

If our clinical examination finds no structural disorders in the joint and Occlusal-Appliance therapy is successful, we can then restore occlusal equilibrium. This treatment involves selective reshaping of the biting surfaces of the teeth so that the jaw can close properly. Once the jaw can close properly, the body has a greater chance of healing itself.

In most cases, conservative treatment leads to successful outcomes for our patients. Only a very small percentage of patients with TMD require surgery to treat their illness.

Colleague Testimonials

Jeffrey B. Pafford, D.M.D., M.S.
Pafford Endodontics
Decatur , GA

"Dr. Baier is a top-tier dentist who spends much of his free time learning and teaching others high-quality, patient-centered dentistry. I have worked with Dr. Baier for a few years and his focus is always what is in the best interest of his patient. I have referred patients and friends to Dr. Baier, and he has a unique skillset in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ and airway problems. It is a pleasure to work with and learn from a clinician of the caliber of Dr. Baier."

Colleague Testimonials

Andrew Golde M.D., C.M. F.R.C.S.C. F.A.C.S.
Advanced Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, PC
Atlanta, GA
"Dr. Baier and I have referred patients to each other for almost 10 years. I primarily refer patients with jaw muscle and malocclusion issues, such as bruxism, to him for management. This group includes patients with chronic facial pain, pressure, headaches and ringing in the ears. I also recommend him as one of only a handful of dentists in Atlanta with the training and skills to handle these problems. Finally, I recommend him to my patients and friends as the best dentist in the city.

What I like best about him is his honesty, integrity and ability to clearly explain to his patients (including me) what is wrong and what needs to be done to correct the problem."

Colleague Testimonials

Dr. Glenn Maron D.D.S.
Peachtree Dunwoody Oral and Facial Surgery , PC
Atlanta, GA

“Dr. Baier and I have now been working together for a few years. His dedication to each case and analytical approach has been inspiring to observe. The desire to achieve the best possible results for his patients is central to his character and is clear whenever a new and challenging problem arises. I feel very fortunate that we have been able to develop this level of professional relationship.”

Colleague Testimonials

Gary M. DeWood, DDS, MS
Director of Curriculum & Clinical Education Spear
Scottsdale, AZ

"Dr. Baier is a valued member of our visiting faculty, and I look forward to the knowledge and insights he provides to our participants. He is also forever a student, relishing every opportunity to learn something new for the benefit of those he serves. His dedication to assisting his patients in achieving maximum comfort, function, health, and aesthetics with their teeth throughout their life makes his office a very special place."

Colleague Testimonials

Robert M. Fryer, DDS
Oral Surgeon
Atlanta, GA

"Dr. Baier is one of the most conscientious and knowledgeable professionals with whom I have had the pleasure of working for many years. He approaches the care of each patient in a comprehensive, gentle and compassionate manner, which makes it easier for us to treat the patients he refers. I give Dr. Baier full kudos."

Colleague Testimonials

John Jacquot, DDS, MS
Periodontal Associates of Georgia, PC
Atlanta and Peachtree City, GA

"I have worked with Dr. Baier for many years and have found his quality and attention to detail to be superior within dentistry. In addition to his gentle and caring touch, he is extremely knowledgeable and has a unique interest in continuously learning."

Colleague Testimonials

Michael Stewart, DDS
Atlanta Orthodontic Specialists
Sandy Springs, GA

"We collaborate with Dr. Baier on many cases - from the routine to the complex. Dr. Baier's practice is very patient-friendly, and his continuing pursuit of education brings world-class skills to our profession. That's why we enjoy working with him and why we refer our patients to him."

Colleague Testimonials

Jeffrey B. Pafford, D.M.D., M.S.
Pafford Endodontics
Decatur , GA

"Dr. Baier is a top-tier dentist who spends much of his free time learning and teaching others high-quality, patient-centered dentistry. I have worked with Dr. Baier for a few years and his focus is always what is in the best interest of his patient. I have referred patients and friends to Dr. Baier, and he has a unique skillset in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ and airway problems. It is a pleasure to work with and learn from a clinician of the caliber of Dr. Baier."

Colleague Testimonials

Andrew Golde M.D., C.M. F.R.C.S.C. F.A.C.S.
Advanced Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, PC
Atlanta, GA
"Dr. Baier and I have referred patients to each other for almost 10 years. I primarily refer patients with jaw muscle and malocclusion issues, such as bruxism, to him for management. This group includes patients with chronic facial pain, pressure, headaches and ringing in the ears. I also recommend him as one of only a handful of dentists in Atlanta with the training and skills to handle these problems. Finally, I recommend him to my patients and friends as the best dentist in the city.

What I like best about him is his honesty, integrity and ability to clearly explain to his patients (including me) what is wrong and what needs to be done to correct the problem."

Colleague Testimonials

Dr. Glenn Maron D.D.S.
Peachtree Dunwoody Oral and Facial Surgery , PC
Atlanta, GA

“Dr. Baier and I have now been working together for a few years. His dedication to each case and analytical approach has been inspiring to observe. The desire to achieve the best possible results for his patients is central to his character and is clear whenever a new and challenging problem arises. I feel very fortunate that we have been able to develop this level of professional relationship.”

Colleague Testimonials

Gary M. DeWood, DDS, MS
Director of Curriculum & Clinical Education Spear
Scottsdale, AZ

"Dr. Baier is a valued member of our visiting faculty, and I look forward to the knowledge and insights he provides to our participants. He is also forever a student, relishing every opportunity to learn something new for the benefit of those he serves. His dedication to assisting his patients in achieving maximum comfort, function, health, and aesthetics with their teeth throughout their life makes his office a very special place."

Colleague Testimonials

Robert M. Fryer, DDS
Oral Surgeon
Atlanta, GA

"Dr. Baier is one of the most conscientious and knowledgeable professionals with whom I have had the pleasure of working for many years. He approaches the care of each patient in a comprehensive, gentle and compassionate manner, which makes it easier for us to treat the patients he refers. I give Dr. Baier full kudos."

Colleague Testimonials

John Jacquot, DDS, MS
Periodontal Associates of Georgia, PC
Atlanta and Peachtree City, GA

"I have worked with Dr. Baier for many years and have found his quality and attention to detail to be superior within dentistry. In addition to his gentle and caring touch, he is extremely knowledgeable and has a unique interest in continuously learning."

Colleague Testimonials

Michael Stewart, DDS
Atlanta Orthodontic Specialists
Sandy Springs, GA

"We collaborate with Dr. Baier on many cases - from the routine to the complex. Dr. Baier's practice is very patient-friendly, and his continuing pursuit of education brings world-class skills to our profession. That's why we enjoy working with him and why we refer our patients to him."

Patient Testimonials
Rita R.
Atlanta, GA
By far he is the best specialist I have been too. I have severe tmj, with major grinding and clenching. Dr. Baier was able to address and put me back on the right track. What I love about him is that he won't stop until he thinks it's in perfect condition. Truly an amazing dr.
Patient Testimonials
Barbara T.
Atlanta, GA
I am a child of the 50's which typically meant terror in the dental chair. Dr. Baier is the "gold standard" for dental care. He is compassionate in his care and creates perfection in his work. Because of this I lost my fear of going to the dentist years ago! He is truly one of a kind.
Patient Testimonials
Debbie F.
Dunwoody, GA
Dr. Baier is the best dentist I have been to in my life. He accurately diagnosed the issues with 2 crowns that were installed by a different dentist. He also consulted with my orthodontist before and during my treatment for orthodontia. In addition, he consults with my periodontist to ensure my gums and bone structure remain healthy. Dr. Baier and his office staff make going to the dentist a pleasure. Plus, his office submits my insurance forms electronically and that is a big time saver for me.
Patient Testimonials
Katrina D.
Buckhead, GA
My daughter and I have been seeing Dr. Baier since relocating to Atlanta 14 years ago. He offers great suggestions to give you the best smile and ensure that you’re teeth and gums are in optimal health. His staff is very professional, prompt and courteous offering excellent customer service. I wouldn’t trust my dental health to anyone else.
Patient Testimonials
Veronique M.
Atlanta, GA
I started a process of teeth restoration 4 years 1/2 ago with Dr. Baier (he was recommended to me by my children's dentist).

Starting from my personal needs and asking the right questions about my motivations and my habits, Dr. Baier established a comprehensive and precise diagnosis. Dr Baier treated my smile with a caring attitude, as well as great dental expertise. It has been a very long process since I was a very difficult case, but I've always been happy with my choice. Dr Baier and the whole team have been very compassionate and professional. Many thanks for giving me a new and natural smile: you've not only restored my smile but also my confidence when I eat, grin and laugh!
Patient Testimonials
Brad H.
Sandy Springs, GA
Each experience at Dr Baier's office has been a positive one over the past few years as a patient. After decades of many great dentists and some not so great, the experience at Dr Baier's has been near the top since Dr Baier and his staff are not only very skilled at what they do, but take the time to take a picture, show results and discuss the "why" whenever I have questions. In addition, Dr Baier has been very generous towards our non-profit events to benefit those in need in our community. My wife and I truly feel part of Dr Baier's dentistry family. Thanks so much for your continued work and care!
Patient Testimonials
Larry M.
Roswell, GA
I literally cannot say enough good things about this dental practice. I have been going there for several years and the entire staff is friendly and accommodating and Dr. Baier is very knowledgeable about the latest dental methods. He has a great chair-side manner and I cannot see myself going to someone else.
Patient Testimonials
Chance M.
Smyrna, GA
I just love Dr. Baier and his entire staff! If you are looking for a dentist office that cares about the details this is where you want to go. Dr. Baier’s office has honed a culture of expert care, professionalism, friendliness and their follow up is amazing. I would highly recommended this office!
Patient Testimonials
Donna P.
Atlanta, GA
In for a cleaning. Great work. In today's unstructured business world and only customer disservice, Dr. Baier's practice is run with humanity and the highest level of skill. Anyone looking for a dentist should consider Dr. Baier and his team!
Patient Testimonials
Janet E.
Atlanta, GA
Dr. Rodney is a very knowledgeable dentist and transformed my life by relieving my TMJ pain with a new mouth guard. Beautiful office, calming atmosphere and nice staff.
Patient Testimonials
Rita R.
Atlanta, GA
By far he is the best specialist I have been too. I have severe tmj, with major grinding and clenching. Dr. Baier was able to address and put me back on the right track. What I love about him is that he won't stop until he thinks it's in perfect condition. Truly an amazing dr.
Patient Testimonials
Barbara T.
Atlanta, GA
I am a child of the 50's which typically meant terror in the dental chair. Dr. Baier is the "gold standard" for dental care. He is compassionate in his care and creates perfection in his work. Because of this I lost my fear of going to the dentist years ago! He is truly one of a kind.
Patient Testimonials
Debbie F.
Dunwoody, GA
Dr. Baier is the best dentist I have been to in my life. He accurately diagnosed the issues with 2 crowns that were installed by a different dentist. He also consulted with my orthodontist before and during my treatment for orthodontia. In addition, he consults with my periodontist to ensure my gums and bone structure remain healthy. Dr. Baier and his office staff make going to the dentist a pleasure. Plus, his office submits my insurance forms electronically and that is a big time saver for me.
Patient Testimonials
Katrina D.
Buckhead, GA
My daughter and I have been seeing Dr. Baier since relocating to Atlanta 14 years ago. He offers great suggestions to give you the best smile and ensure that you’re teeth and gums are in optimal health. His staff is very professional, prompt and courteous offering excellent customer service. I wouldn’t trust my dental health to anyone else.
Patient Testimonials
Veronique M.
Atlanta, GA
I started a process of teeth restoration 4 years 1/2 ago with Dr. Baier (he was recommended to me by my children's dentist).

Starting from my personal needs and asking the right questions about my motivations and my habits, Dr. Baier established a comprehensive and precise diagnosis. Dr Baier treated my smile with a caring attitude, as well as great dental expertise. It has been a very long process since I was a very difficult case, but I've always been happy with my choice. Dr Baier and the whole team have been very compassionate and professional. Many thanks for giving me a new and natural smile: you've not only restored my smile but also my confidence when I eat, grin and laugh!
Patient Testimonials
Brad H.
Sandy Springs, GA
Each experience at Dr Baier's office has been a positive one over the past few years as a patient. After decades of many great dentists and some not so great, the experience at Dr Baier's has been near the top since Dr Baier and his staff are not only very skilled at what they do, but take the time to take a picture, show results and discuss the "why" whenever I have questions. In addition, Dr Baier has been very generous towards our non-profit events to benefit those in need in our community. My wife and I truly feel part of Dr Baier's dentistry family. Thanks so much for your continued work and care!
Patient Testimonials
Larry M.
Roswell, GA
I literally cannot say enough good things about this dental practice. I have been going there for several years and the entire staff is friendly and accommodating and Dr. Baier is very knowledgeable about the latest dental methods. He has a great chair-side manner and I cannot see myself going to someone else.
Patient Testimonials
Chance M.
Smyrna, GA
I just love Dr. Baier and his entire staff! If you are looking for a dentist office that cares about the details this is where you want to go. Dr. Baier’s office has honed a culture of expert care, professionalism, friendliness and their follow up is amazing. I would highly recommended this office!
Patient Testimonials
Donna P.
Atlanta, GA
In for a cleaning. Great work. In today's unstructured business world and only customer disservice, Dr. Baier's practice is run with humanity and the highest level of skill. Anyone looking for a dentist should consider Dr. Baier and his team!