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TMJ DISORDERS

Do you suffer with headaches, dizziness, jaw fatigue, earaches or neck and shoulder stiffness? It may be temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD or craniomandibular disorders (CMD). These terms describe the jaws, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and jaw joints.

A jaw joint disorder can be caused by a variety of factors. The head, neck and facial pain often associated with TMD problems can masquerade as sinus headaches, neck and shoulder stiffness, migraines and other disorders.


CAUSES

TMD/CMD problems can be caused by a whiplash injury, a blow or a fall that involves the head or chin, clenching or grinding teeth brought on by high stress, arthritis in the joint or teeth not meeting properly. Postural neglect can also be a big part of the disorder.


DIAGNOSIS & SCREENING

A thorough exam and health history is taken by Dr. Steinberg, who has special, advanced training in the specific care of the jaw joint. Electronic testing is performed to assess the condition, determine the cause and formulate a treatment plan.



TREATMENT

Supplemental treatments and physical medicine therapies may be suggested. Pain complaints may involve the chewing muscles, the jaw joints, the jaws or even the teeth. We provide state-of-the-art computerized technology for diagnosis and treatment of TMJ and CMD. Our special computerized equipment that is utilized on an as needed basis includes:

  • Jaw tracking
  • Vibration Analysis
  • BioTENS
  • EMG
  • T-Scan
  • Complex Motion Tomography

Modalities we incorporate in treatment when necessary include:
  • Custom orthotic (splint)
  • Low Level Laser
  • Physical Therapy
  • Stress Management
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Behavior Modification
  • Self-Help Information

Initial treatment is usually a custom-made, clear acrylic “splint” or bite plate worn over the teeth followed by building crowns, orthodontics or a permanent appliance. Our practice philosophy is a conservative, non-surgical approach to treatment. Surgery is a last resort and only needed in about 3 percent of all cases. Early treatment is critical as well as good patient participation. With the proper treatment and self-participation, most patients can be treated successfully.


If you would like to obtain more information about any of our equipment, feel free to call and ask us.

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