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

  • Jaw pain

  • 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.