TMJ Dentistry & Dental Night Guards
Washington DC & Bethesda – Chevy Chase

  • Do your grind your teeth?
  • Does your jaw “click”?
  • Do you suffer from headaches and/or ear pain?

If yes to any or all of the above, Bethesda-Chevy Chase & Washington DC TMJ dentist Dr. Marlin and provide the examination and custom treatment plan to help you.

Many patients grind or clench their teeth, which is a condition known as bruxism. This grinding may also put unintended pressure on the muscles and tissues of your jaw resulting in tooth and other jaw disorders, headaches and ear pain. The symptoms of this disorder are often referred to as TMJ / TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction).

Signs and symptoms that may be related to TMJ /TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)

  • Headaches
  • Sharp pain in the area under the earlobe
  • Waking up with sore jaw muscles
  • Clicking, popping of the jaw joint
  • Abnormal tooth wear (teeth getting shorter over the years)
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity unrelated to cavities or gum disease

At your initial examination, we perform a thorough examination of your occlusion (bite) and surrounding muscles. If the bite is not correct, Dr. Marlin in his Washington DC dental office will perform an occlusal adjustment, a procedure whereby biting contacts that are higher than others are lightly shaped. The object is to provide a harmony of all of the teeth when in contact.


“Dave and I have decided that to ensure we continue with the best dental care we’ve ever had, we should spend part of the year in Maryland.

Comparing your care with past experience makes our choice to remain under your care an easy one.”


If a night guard is recommended for you, Dr. Marlin will take an impression and send the molds to a professional dental laboratory. A custom fit, durable acrylic night guard will be fabricated and then custom fit to your mouth. With a good occlusion (bite) of your natural teeth, along with a well fitting and functioning night guard, you will most likely see a significant decrease in headaches or other TMJ symptoms.

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr. Marlin is The Best! I was in pain and unable to chew on the left side of my mouth for 5 years. I endured 4 root canals - not the problem. I was told it was neurological pain and put on horrible medications - not the problem. Multiple doctors told me I was just going to have to learn to live with the pain. I was referred to Dr. Marlin when issues arose fitting crowns to the four teeth with root canals and while trying to live with the pain. Dr. Marlin had consults with me and my husband. He listened to me. He diagnosed my issue as muscular/TMJ related. He immediately fitted me with a TMJ night guard. He adjusted my bite slowly and over time. He made custom crowns for my teeth. He performed muscle trigger point therapy. He gave me exercises and I visited with him every 6 months. I can now chew anything and everything. I never thought I would eat nuts, pretzels, or anything hard again. Dr. Marlin changed my life. I am no longer mentally consumed with my pain. In addition, his office staff is amazing. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Dr. Marlin is pleasant and thorough. He will work with you always with your best interests in mind. I have zero reservations recommending Dr. Marlin to others.

- Barbara H

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