TMJ Treatment

TMJ Treatment

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a disorder that can cause problems with eating, moving the jaw, and sometimes hearing.

TMJ Disorder (TMD) can cause jaw pain, facial tension, headaches, and other symptoms. This joint is responsible for the movement of the jaw, allowing us to speak, chew, and talk. The reason for all these problems have to do with your jaw joint alignment and position.

TMJ Disorder

Jaw pain, face and neck pain, headaches without a trigger, ringing in the ears are all symptoms of TMJ disorder. TMJ, sometimes called TMD, is a misalignment of your jaw that can lead to overactive muscles and pinched nerves, and off-centered vertebrae. Often when this happens, patients see a doctor, chiropractor, or other specialist without results. Keep reading to learn more about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for TMJ.

Stop Bouncing from Doctor to Specialist to Find Relief.

TMJ (TMD) Symptoms:

  • Pain or tenderness in your jaw
  • Frequent headaches or migraines
  • Neck, shoulder, head pain
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Tooth aches or dizziness
  • Chipped, broken, worn teeth
  • Jaw that gets stuck
  • Jaw that locks or goes out of place
  • Jaw clicking and popping

It’s very common for these symptoms to get diagnosed as a different condition when it is actually caused by an unstable bite. An unstable bite can arise when the three parts of your chewing system: your teeth, jaw joint, and chewing muscles cannot function properly because of the way your teeth fit together (or because of the position of the cartilage or damage to the TMJ bone structure).

Over time, the stress of an unstable bite can lead to muscle and jaw joint pain, creating other issues.

What Causes TMJ Disorders?

TMJ disorders have many causes. In some cases, the cause is too much strain on the jaw joints (bruxism). Bruxism is when you involuntarily grind your teeth or clench your jaw (or both). In other cases, trauma (injury to the jaw, the head, or the neck) causes it. The problem is, the symptoms can look like other conditions or health problems. What’s unfortunate about this, is people often jump from doctor to doctor trying to find relief, but can’t find it. For this reason, getting a proper diagnosis from a qualified TMJ dentist is key.

TMJ Treatment: for Long-Term Results

Biorejuvenation is a full mouth rehabilitation that focuses on restoring your chewing system to the optimal position. By doing so, it relaxes your jaw joint muscles and in turn, reduces the stress on your teeth. This type of dentistry corrects bite alignment issues so that patients can retain as much of their tooth structure as possible. It is the process we use to keep your bite balanced which in turn reduces most symptoms.

We also use it to treat snoring and sleep apnea. Thanks to her advanced training, airway-centered dentist, Muna Strasser, who understands the connection between breathing and the structures of the mouth as well as the face, can use this approach to treat a growing list of oral and overall health concerns that can be tied to sleep issues.

The Benefits

This form of dentistry ensures that:

  • Jaw joints are stable
  • Muscles relax
  • You feel comfortable
  • Form and function of teeth increases
  • Worn down teeth are restored
  • Preservation of the natural teeth
  • Long-lasting dental health

As a result, patients feel better, look their best and the need for future restorative dental work is significantly reduced.

Our Process: Diagnose – Balance – Restore

  • Diagnose: the source
  • Balance: your bite
  • Restore: your teeth

The Process

Diagnose: First we start with a comprehensive exam. Using this information, we can determine if you have an unbalanced bite. We also determine possible root cause(s) of the problem(s) and work with you to develop a treatment plan.

Balance: Next we balance the bite. To do this, we use an orthotic device to relax your jaw joint and muscles, and bring your jaw back into alignment. By relaxing your jaw muscles, we seek to reduce stress on this particular joint. As a result, other facial muscles will also relax, and you’ll have less visible facial stress. For patients requesting surgical correction of a TMJ defect, we provide support, guidance, and care.

Restore: Once the orthotic device balances the bite, we move onto the next part of our treatment plan, permanently balancing the bite. To do this, we restore your damaged teeth to their original, size, shape and function.

Our patient tells her life changing story…

Before treatment, I had chronic pain and had to adapt the way I ate, for example, eating soft foods (because of TMJ). From head and neck pain to tension headaches and jaw pain, I was going from doctor to doctor but still could not find the relief I desperately needed. After treatment, I am no longer in pain and can eat the foods I enjoy. The best part, my smile has literally transformed my appearance and I love it! Take a look at my before and after photos to see the difference.