Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMD)
is a common and painful condition concentrated in the area where your temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to your skull.
People who experience TMJ/TMD typically suffer from multiple symptoms including:
Difficulty biting, chewing, and swallowing
Earaches or ringing
Face, neck, shoulder, and back pain
Jaw popping or clicking
Jaw sticking or locking
Numbness or tingling in the hands and fingers
Without treatment, TMJ/TMD can progressively worsen and lead to additional problems including premature tooth wear and periodontal disease.
One of the most effective tools in diagnosing and treating TMJ/TMD is Transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation (TENS). TENS uses a mild eletrical stimulation to relax your jaw muscles, allowing your jaw to settle into a comfortable and natural position.
For some patients, reversing the nagging symptoms of TMJ/TMD is as simple as stopping poor oral health habits such as pen chewing, nail biting, ice chewing, tongue thrusting or teeth grinding.
More severe cases of TMJ/TMD may require the use of oral appliances or/in combination with orthodontic treatment.