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.