Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a painful condition that occurs when your jaw becomes misaligned. There are a wide range of symptoms you can experience as part of TMJ. Some of the most common include:
- Ear, facial, neck, jaw and shoulder pain
- Clicking or popping sounds when you move your jaw
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Limited jaw mobility
- Locking of jaw in an open or closed position
Dr. Donald Wilcox can treat the painful symptoms associated with TMJ using the principles of neuromuscular dentistry. Neuromuscular dentistry is the field of dentistry which focuses on making sure the muscles of the jaw work properly and that the jaw is in proper alignment.
During your TMJ treatment, Dr. Wilcox will utilize several state-of-the-art instruments to locate the ideal resting position of your jaw. These include:
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy to relax your jaw muscles and place them in their ideal position
- K-7 computerized diagnostic equipment to precisely record the ideal resting position of your jaw
- Computerized mandibular scanning unit to create a 3D measurement of this jaw position
- Electromyography to verify that your new jaw position facilitates reduced muscle activity in the region
- Sonography to measure sounds and pops that occur when your jaw moves – this helps Dr. Wilcox assess joint damage
Once Dr. Wilcox has accurately determined the ideal resting position of your jaw, he will create a neuromuscular orthotic device which will help move your jaw to this ideal position. You will typically need to wear the orthotic device for about three months to ensure your bite has stabilized in its new position.
Please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule your free TMJ consultation. Dr. Donald Wilcox serves patients in Phoenix, Glendale, and Scottsdale, Arizona.