General Dentistry TMJ Disorder (TMD) Symptoms

Keith G. Lorio, DDS in Baton Rouge, LA, can determine if your symptoms indicate a TMJ disorder and strive to provide relief.

Understanding TMD

Normally, the TMJ system is in a state of balance allowing the muscles to function properly when needed, and then have low activity while at rest. The jaw has a normal range of motion, so you can speak, eat, yawn, and move your jaw comfortably. Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, is a condition in which the teeth, jaw joints, and muscles of the face and jaw are not in a state of physiologic rest or balance. This can lead to painful symptoms, compromised movement, and more.

The Dangers of Not Treating Your TMJ Concerns

TMJ disorders are uncomfortable as is, but when left untreated, the symptoms can become worse and cause more damage to your muscles, joints, teeth, and quality of life. You may eventually experience adhesions and degeneration of the joint without intervention. Dr. Keith Lorio is a trained professional who has completed many types of training to diagnose and treat jaw dysfunction.

You don't have to figure out how to find relief on your own. During a consultation with Dr. Lorio at our Baton Rouge dental office, you can expect:

  • Discussion and preview of our diagnostic methods using advanced technology and traditional methods
  • To share your symptom history
  • Immediate feedback on your symptoms
  • A plan of action to treat your TMJ disorder

Our Mission Is Helping Patients Find Relief for Their Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Experiencing Any TMD Symptoms? Contact Our Baton Rouge Office

When you don't have a way to determine what's wrong with your temporomandibular joints, you can get locked in a cycle of solutions that don't work. Dr. Lorio has seen it himself: patients who try one solution after another just to find some relief, only to be left disappointed.

You don’t have to live your life with the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder like headaches, facial pain, and discomfort when chewing during meals. Dr. Lorio uses advanced technology to identify the unique problems preventing your TMJ, muscles, and teeth from working properly and creates a customized solution for your condition. You can get started by reaching out to our Baton Rouge office today or calling (225) 769-4848.


Alisicia D

Baton Rouge, LA


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I can’t thank Dr. Lorio enough for how he has changed my quality of life. I went in with really bad tmj pain after being told by a doctor that it wasn’t anything serious and to continue taking Tylenol for the pain. I was taking two Tylenol every 4 hours it seemed! Thankfully once I started my appointments and received my mouth orthotic I felt immediate relief! Dr. Lorio is very knowledgeable and his attention to detail is commendable.

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Diagnosing and Treating TMJ Disorder Using Advanced Technology

Our Baton Rouge office uses advanced technology to determine if the relationship of the upper and lower jaw, TMJs, and muscles are in physiologic balance or an optimum state. We can see if you have hyperactive or underactive muscle activity.

Once muscle activity is measured, our goal is to help the muscles which may contribute to your head, neck, and jaw pain. We can then try to establish the optimum jaw relationship to aid in finding relief for you.

Treating Your TMD

Our multi-step process provides TMD patients with well-rounded care.
Our multi-step process provides TMD patients with well-rounded care.

TMD Consultation

You will first complete a consultation with Dr. Lorio in which he will discuss your TMD symptoms. He may also ask about any treatments you've tried for your TMJ disorder pain, as well as any medical conditions to get a sense of your treatment history. If you have not done so already, he may recommend a medical consultation with a physician to rule out other concerns.


Dr. Lorio will examine your TMJs, jaws, muscles, and bite. Dr. Lorio uses advanced scientific technology and imaging for his examination to find a plan of treatment for you. If he feels he may be able to help you, he will proceed with the next steps.

Try to Establish Harmony

Dr. Lorio will accurately measure your proper physiologic jaw relationship. Then, he will attempt to draw the link between how your physiology functions and your TMD symptoms to bring harmony to your bite, muscles, and joints.


Our office uses highly trained clinical techniques and non-invasive technology to treat your TMD. They are customized to your particular condition.

Track Results

We will follow up with your progress and make changes as necessary, in an attempt to help alleviate your TMD symptoms.

Support Network

If necessary, we can work in tandem with local professionals to try to provide additional relief for pain, poor posture, and more.

A Real TMD Case

Our patient was experiencing tension and pain in his jaw, but other dentists didn't provide him with a solution that treated the underlying issue. He came to Dr. Lorio who created a comfortable orthotic that alleviated his clenching and other TMD symptoms.
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Meet Dr. Keith Lorio
in Baton Rouge

With advanced scientific electronic instrumentation and his dedication to treating dentofacial pain, Dr. Lorio feels he is well-equipped to treat your temporomandibular disorder. Our dentist has trained under leaders in TMJ treatment and has completed several courses on the subject. He is one of approximately 20 dentists in the United States and the only dentist in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee to complete the eight-level Masterclass training in gneuromuscular dentistry and the Ortho I and II courses. In addition, Dr. Lorio is a member of organizations like the:

  • American Academy of Orofacial Pain
  • American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
  • The International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics

We Accommodate Out-of-Town Patients

We want those struggling with temporomandibular disorders to be able to receive the care they need. If you're traveling to our Baton Rouge office from far away, we will try to arrange our schedule to accommodate your travels. Relief for your TMJ disorder is our goal.

Our practice can show you the possibilities of treatment using advanced scientific electronic measuring instrumentation. Dr. Lorio’s goal is to provide you with relief for your TMJ disorder without medicine, shots, or surgery.

Hear Why Patients Trust Dr. Keith Lorio


Bob LeBlanc

Baton Rouge, LA


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“Dr. Keith Lorio is the GURU of TMJ in Baton Rouge.”

Dr. Keith Lorio is the GURU of TMJ in Baton Rouge and is a true professional, he stands out in every way among his peers in the world of Dentistry. His success rate, and expertise with headaches, jaw soreness, dizziness, etc. will cure or definitely improve your situation above and beyond all the rest. Plus, he's a really nice guy!! Highly recommended!!

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Rachel Gruner

Baton Rouge, LA


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“I cannot give enough thanks to him for helping to alleviate years of pain.”

Dr. Lorio has been working with me several months treating my TMJ pain which is nearly resolved. I cannot give enough thanks to him for helping to alleviate years of pain.

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Dr. Keith Lorio

The Office of Keith G. Lorio, DDS, APDC

Dr. Keith Lorio has helped the community of Baton Rouge, LA, achieve beautiful smiles and optimal oral health since 1993. A member of the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and Occlusion Connections, Dr. Lorio offers a number of dental treatments, including:

  • TMD Treatment
  • Migraine and Headache Treatment
  • Sleep Apnea Treatment

To schedule an appointment at our Baton Rouge, LA, dental office contact us online or call (225) 769-4848.

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