What is TMJ Treatment?
Clicking of the jaw, worn teeth, migraine headaches, ringing in the ears and vertigo all have one thing in common: they are all signs of dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Los Angeles and Pasadena patients suffering from these debilitating symptoms can see Dr. Nelson for solutions! With more than 9 years of advanced LVI training in cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry, he can help you find relief.
The temporomandibular joint is the most complex in the body. Your jaw not only opens on a hinge, but it slides forward and side-to-side. Since there is a relationship between the teeth, jaw joints, head and neck muscles, and posture, a problem in any one of these areas may affect the others.
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Neuromuscular dentistry allows Dr. Nelson to look at certain dental issues with a deeper understanding of cause-and-effect in the mouth. By bringing the muscles, bones, teeth and nerves into harmony, the rest of the body can find comfort.
The first step is finding where your ideal bite is; where the muscle is relaxed and you are sitting in proper posture. Dr. Nelson can accomplish this through muscle recruitment tests and advanced K7 technology. By finding the proper position of your bite, he can create a treatment plan that permanently leaves your muscles feel relaxed instead of overly worked.
Effective Treatment for Disorders of the TMJ in Los Angeles
If you are diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder of your jaw joint, treatment usually involves three steps:
This is our first priority. Dr. Nelson uses a technology called ULF-TENS: Ultra Low Frequency Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation. This is gentle massage of the muscles that helps them relax. It increases blood flow and provides pain relief by stimulating the production of endorphins.
Stabilize your bite.
We may prescribe a temporary device, known as an orthotic, to wear over your teeth. Adjusting the orthotic helps Dr. Nelson determine the correct position of your bite for maximum comfort. Wearing the orthotic can relieve your pain and other symptoms. Then he will be able to adjust your bite to the correct position.
Developing a long term solution.
There are several methods used for long-term bite correction. Which one is appropriate depends on the extent of your problem. One way is to shape your teeth to correct your bite. These shaping adjustments are precise, but very small, and the procedure doesn’t require anesthesia. Shaping can be used when your bite is only slightly out of alignment. A second way is to create a permanent orthotic that will fit over your teeth that you would wear at certain times. Or, sometimes bite reconstruction is needed. With bite reconstruction, crowns or onlays are used to re-shape your teeth. Finally, in some cases, orthodontics can be used to move your teeth to their correct position.
Be assured that relief for your pain is available. The solution may be relatively simple. On the other hand, the TMJ and its relationship to your teeth and muscles are very complex, and a long term solution could be complex and frustrating to treat. An examination is required to be able to give you the answers you want. And, based on what Dr. Nelson discovers, he will recommend the most conservative treatment that makes things better for you.
Please request your complimentary information packet or contact Dr. Nelson to arrange for a complimentary private consultation. Make your request today. If you are experiencing pain, let us know when you fill out the form and we will schedule your visit as soon as possible.
Discover what it’s like to enjoy a life free from pain and discomfort! Dr. Nelson offers comprehensive treatment for disorder of the TMJ in Pasadena and the Los Angeles area. Call for your consultation today.
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