TMJ Treatment

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!

What are TMJs?

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.

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How is TMJ treated?

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.

The Components of a TMJ Treatment Plan

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.

BioEMG

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.

T-Scan® 

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.

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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renee gibeaurenee gibeau
14:23 06 Apr 21
I am terrified of going to the dentist. Dr. Van and his team are amazing. I felt zero pain during my restoration procedure. Dr. Van and his team answered my questions and made me feel at ease. The entire staff is friendly and incredibly helpful.
azam nooraniazam noorani
07:11 24 Mar 21
Hello,I would like to take a moment and thank Dr. Van and staff of Dental Arts of Mountain View specially Susie!My husband and I have started going to this dental office 20 years ago when Dr. MC Evoy and Kathy were still working there. They both were amazing and we missed them so much.Now we are seeing Dr. Van who is wonderful, thoughtful and caring as well. And of course his team.Thanks to Rosie and Susie and new staff who are always friendly and very nice. My special thanks to Susie as she was the first person welcoming me 20 years ago, she is so caring and always greeting me with my first language as I feel I'm home:)Thank you so much!Azam
DivineRootsDivineRoots
05:52 12 Feb 21
Thank you to all of Dental Arts of Mountain view staff. You all provide wonderful service and amazing energy. ✨
Alexander SutyaginAlexander Sutyagin
17:57 04 Feb 21
I like how professional Dr. Van is. I would definitely recommend him to anyone having non-trivial dental needs.
Max LaettnerMax Laettner
03:11 02 Feb 21
I’ve gone to see Dr. Van multiple times and I cannot recommend him enough! His relaxed, but attentive care made me feel at ease each time I’ve gone to see him. Dr. Van is a great dentist in a great office!
Ginny LaettnerGinny Laettner
01:33 02 Feb 21
Dental Arts of Mountain View is the best experience you can have going to the dentist. Dr. Van has the best bedside manner of any dentist I’ve ever had. He has a calm and caring demeanor, is very meticulous and decisive with his work, and takes the time to walk you through his plan and recommendations. His support staff similarly exemplify top level skills and customer service, including his assistants Shellissa and Lo. Rosie and Bianca in the front office are also so friendly and professional. I would strongly recommend going here!
Heather OkanoHeather Okano
00:03 06 Nov 20
Always professional, helpful, and thorough. I recommend Peggy (dental hygienist) and Dr. Indah highly!
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