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TMD / TMJ Treatment

TMD Is a Pain In the Neck, Head, Shoulders, and Jaw!

The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) is a disorder that can cause problems with eating, talking, moving the jaw in general, or even hearing.

Have you noticed?

  • Tenderness in your face, jaw, neck, and shoulders
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Earaches and hearing issues
  • Hearing a clicking or popping when you open and close your mouth (either with or without pain)
  • Your jaw getting stuck, or not being able to open your mouth fully

The reason for all these problems might be traced back to your jaw.

TMD can be caused by:

  • Excessive stress
  • Teeth grinding
  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation of the joint

We use an approach to TMD treatment called neuromuscular dentistry. Through this approach, we can determine the best position of the jaw. How? We use a variety of technological tools, including a TENS machine to relax the muscles, 3D jaw tracking and muscle EMG’s to find the jaw’s ideal resting positions, and CT scans to get a complete picture of your jaw and bite. Once we have determined the most relaxed position of your head and neck muscles, we can reposition your jaw for perfect comfort using a mouthguard, a bite splint, or restorative dentistry.

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