Resolving Your Chronic Pain
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the mandible (jaw) to the skull. If the joint is inflamed or not properly aligned, it can create a host of systemic illnesses that affect the rest of the body. An imperfect bite can factor in many types of pain or functional problems because of the interrelationship of the overall musculoskeletal system. Since there is a relationship between the teeth, jaw joints, head and neck muscles, and head position, a problem in any one of these areas may affect the others. Fortunately, there are TMJ treatments available. At the Cosmetic and Restorative Dental Practice of Dr. Jon Marc Van Slate, we believe we have a TMJ treatment that works, and our pain-free patients in Houston, TX, are excellent proof. Using computerized technology to determine optimal bite position, Dr. Van Slate can test your bite to see whether it is a contributing factor to the problem. With this technology, we have had tremendous success providing TMJ treatment to our patients.
Candidates for TMJ Treatment
Since TMJ disorders straddle the fields of dentistry and neurology, they are often difficult to diagnose. Being a systemic illness, TMJ pain may manifest in parts of the body far removed from the face and jaw. You may want to seek TMJ treatment if you are suffering from one or more of the following symptoms:
- Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing your mouth
- Difficulty or discomfort when biting or chewing
- Hearing loss
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Jaw pain
- Nervousness or insomnia
- Sensitive teeth
- Tinnitus (persistent ringing in the ear)
- Reduced ability to open or close your mouth
While any of these symptoms in isolation probably does not point to a TMJ disorder, a combination of symptoms suggests that you may be a candidate for TMJ treatment.
Our TMJ Treatment Technology
He has received extensive training in treating TMJ disorders at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Training where he maintains a fellowship distinction. He is proficient in applying proven neuromuscular concepts in treating TMJ symptoms.
Treating TMJ symptoms has now become more predictable utilizing neuromuscular techniques. Dr. Van Slate uses K-7 computer technology to fabricate detailed orthotics for treating sore jaws. The benefit to the patient is we now have the ability to provide precision bite orthotics that can place the jaw joint in its optimal position. With this technology, we can predictably stabilize and decompress tender jaw joints and relieve the muscle tension that causes jaw discomfort. Over time, with the use of the orthotics, TMJ pain and symptoms should subside and hopefully disappear.
Learn More about TMJ Treatment
Whether you have been previously diagnosed with a TMJ disorder, or are currently experiencing symptoms, the Cosmetic and Restorative Dental Practice of Dr. Van Slate can help. With advanced diagnostic and TMJ treatment technology, Dr. Van Slate has helped many Houston-area patients. Please contact us today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Van Slate.