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Headaches? Jaw Pain? Teeth Grinding?

Return to Comfort and Function

  • Do you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines?
  • Do you frequently take over-the-counter painkillers to deal with the pain?
  • Do you wake up in the morning with an achy, tired jaw?
  • Do you grind your teeth?
  • Have you sought treatment from your family doctor, chiropractors, physical therapists or others for relief, only to continue to suffer from your symptoms?

The problem may be the alignment of your jaw, also called TMJ Dysfunction. The care you need is available from a dentist with training in neuromuscular dentistry.

TMJ Dysfunction occurs when your jaw joints are not in proper alignment. These joints are involved in a variety of functions including:

  • Opening and closing the mouth
  • Chewing
  • Swallowing
  • Breathing
  • Talking
  • Yawning

…And more

  • Unexplained loose teeth
  • Worn, chipped or cracked teeth
  • Cracking, chipping or breaking dental restorations
  • Pain or soreness around the jaw joints
  • Pain in teeth that seems to move around
  • Neck, shoulder or back pain
  • Facial pain
  • Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joints
  • Limited movement or locking jaw
  • Numbness in your fingers and arms
  • Congestion or stuffiness of the ears
  • Through neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Whalen can diagnose and treat TMJ Dysfunction, returning your jaw to its optimal position, your jaw joints to harmony and you to pain-free living.

Dr. Whalen uses state-of-the-art technologies to aid in the diagnosis of TMJ Dysfunction.

He first uses a TENS unit to electronically massage the muscles of your head and neck. The TENS unit stimulates your jaw with low frequency pulses to help the muscle completely relax and find its most comfortable state.

Sonography non-invasively reveals jaw joint noises that occur during jaw movement. Such noises are a sign of malocclusion (a poorly aligned jaw).

He then uses the Myotronics K7 Evaluation System to track the position of your jaw at rest and in motion. This sophisticated computer program records and interprets TMJ sounds, masticatory (chewing) muscle activity (EMGS) and the path of movement the jaw follows in function.

Using these technologies, Dr. Whalen can precisely determine the most comfortable, functional and optimal position for your bite.

If you are diagnosed with TMJ Dysfunction, Dr. Whalen will recommend a treatment plan that will correct your bite and alleviate pain and discomfort.

Treatment plans may include:

Dental Restorations

Dental restorations, including crowns and veneers, can be placed on your teeth to raise or lower areas of your bite, creating a natural position for your jaw.

Orthotic (either removable or fixed)

An orthotic is an appliance worn over your teeth to comfortably align the jaw and ease any muscle tension. You wear the orthotic until your jaw “trains” itself to return to its correct position.

Coronoplasty

Coronoplasty reshapes the biting surfaces of the teeth with heavy polishing in order to remove any interference that deflect the jaw as it closes to its optimal biting position.

Full-Mouth Restoration

A Full-Mouth Restoration restores every tooth in the mouth to its optimal size, shape, width, length and position to correct the bite.

Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment will straighten or move the teeth, improving their appearance and their function. By realigning the teeth into a naturally healthy position, Dr. Whalen can relieve jaw pain by spreading the biting pressure evenly over all the teeth.

Treatment Outcomes

Following treatment for TMJ, you will have a functional, comfortable and very attractive smile. But more importantly, you will be able to get back to living without pain.