Are You Experiencing:
- Pain in and around the jaw areas
- The sound of your jaw clicking or popping
- Dizziness, grinding or clenching your teeth
- Stiff or sore neck and shoulder muscles
- Toothaches or sensitive teeth unrelated to cavities or gum disease
- Clogging or stuffiness in your ears
- Abnormal tooth wear at the gum line or a loss of tooth enamel
What Is TMD/TMJ Disorder?
MD affects the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), the joints formed where the upper jaw meets the lower jaw, which is why it is often referred to as TMJ. It also affects the muscles that connect and control the joints. These muscles allow the jaw to move up and down, side to side, forward and backward. Muscles that are not stabilized create uneven tooth wear and fractures, headaches, and a host of other physical and dental disorders. The muscles that control your jaw are used when chewing, swallowing, and speaking. Muscles are a soft tissue and when they are imbalanced by the bite, they begin to rage a war against the teeth. This is how excessive and uneven tooth wear, tooth fracture, chronic headaches and migraines, sore jaw muscles and a host of other physical and dental disorders originate.
TMD/TMJ Disorder Treatment Options
Fortunately, these conditions can be corrected by adjusting the bite, using orthodontics, or restoring the teeth to the correct position. By fitting the patient with dental restorations or dsremoveable appliances, areas of the bite can be precisely raised or lowered to create a naturally comfortable muscular position for the jaw.
In most cases, the jaw can be repositioned without surgery or braces. When the optimal correction is achieved, patients experience a range of benefits, including decreased or eliminated pain and discomfort, as well as better overall health and longer-lasting dental restorations.
Biometric procedures begin with treatments using advanced computerized equipment that sends electro-pulses into facial muscles. Once the muscles are relaxed, the optimal stress-free position of the jaw muscles can be determined. An orthotic appliance is then custom-designed to help reposition the bite and stabilize the facial muscles in that comfortable position. Dental orthotics can prevent the teeth from shifting.
Patients share that their headaches disappear and they no longer need pain medication. They also tend to experience a more restful sleep. For many of our patients, this relief is life-changing.
The good news is that Dr. Kashkouli has advanced training in providing relief to her patients suffering from TMD and related conditions.