At Dental Arts of Mountain View, TMJ dentist and expert, Dr. Indah, typically treats temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder in patients experiencing chronic headaches, jaw pain, and jaw stiffness.
For some patients, we can even bill TMJ treatment through traditional medical insurance. Call our dental office today for TMJ treatment near Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and beyond to learn your options!
TMJ Causes and Symptoms
Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, are the joints located just in front of your ears, and they hold your lower jaw to your skull. When one or both jaw joints become misaligned, they create stress in the joints and surrounding muscles. The muscles become inflamed from working overtime to hold the jaws in the proper position, which increases stress on the surrounding tissues and nerves.
There is no definitive cause of TMJ disorder, however, a variety of factors may contribute. These include bruxism (clenching or grinding teeth), malocclusion (misalignment), injury, arthritis, heredity, and hormones. If you have TMJ disorder, you may experience pain in your jaw, teeth, mouth, face, ears, neck, or shoulders. Symptoms vary greatly from person to person, but can include:
- Joint pain in the jaw that may be associated with a clicking or popping sound when chewing, speaking, or yawning
- Inability to fully open/close the mouth
- Pain in the face or ears
- Headaches, including chronic migraines
- Tooth pain from bruxism
- Neck, shoulder, or back pain
- Tingling in fingers or toes
Note that clicking or popping in the jaw by itself can be attributed to a number of different sources, not necessarily TMJ disorder. Our doctors can provide a diagnosis of your individual symptoms with a consultation at our Mountain View dental office.
TMJ Treatments With T-Scan® & BioEMG In Mountain View, CA
Dr. Ratna Indah uses the latest advancements in dentistry to treat TMJ disorders, including Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR) Therapy. This is a specialized procedure that uses a T-scan along with EMG to evaluate occlusal forces related to muscle activity.
The underlying goal is to identify contacts linked to movements that can lead to hyperactive muscles or TMJ symptoms. By identifying how muscles are firing during bite cycles, it allows Dr. Ratna Indah to use guide adjustment treatments to relieve symptoms while also improving the function of the joint.
Dr. Ratna Indah creates a customized treatment plan to meet your needs, which may include changes to your lifestyle, like a soft food diet, relaxation techniques, or moist heat. Other treatment options may include a TMJ orthotic appliance, a sleep appliance, or pain medications.
T-Scan® is a digital occlusion analysis system that records and measures tooth contact, force, and timing in real-time using a thin, flexible, pressure-sensitive bite transducer embedded in a dental arch-shaped recording sensor.
BioEMG measures the actions and reactions of the muscles of the head and neck to provide the clinician with the ability to test treatments and bite positions before finalizing the treatment position. Muscle activity is categorized based on the quality and quantity of their behavior to show which are resting properly or hyperactive.
The T-Scan®/BioEMG integration software synchronizes the clinical data of T-Scan with the electromyographic data of BioResearch's EMG unit. Together, they give a complete view of your bite.
BioEMG measures muscular functions of the head and neck while the T-Scan shows occlusal contact timing and force distribution of teeth.
Ready To Experience The Relief You Deserve?
Bay Area TMJ specialist, Dr. Indah, expertly treats the disorder with patience and compassion. If you are suffering from jaw joint pain or other pain that may be associated with TMJ disorder, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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