Does your jaw make a clicking sound when you move it up and down? Or do you feel discomfort and pain when chewing something? If you have any of these symptoms, chances are you have a problem with your TMJ, otherwise known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. The abbreviations TMJ and TMD are both used to describe this condition, a common imbalance between your teeth, muscles and jaw joint. If you have teeth that are worn, a history of clenching or grinding, sensitive teeth, teeth that have chipped at the gumline, ever get headaches or neck aches, ringing in your ears, or even tingling in your fingers, you may have a lack of harmony between your teeth and muscles that is often the cause.
Many people with TMJ have had difficulty getting treatment from their doctor because it can be hard to diagnose and even harder to treat for conventional doctors. But neuromuscular dentists are well-trained in the treatment of this condition. To schedule TMJ consultation with an Anchorage neuromuscular dentist, please call (907) 349-0022 or Contact us today for an appointment at Excellence in Dentistry.
The Challenge of Treating TMJ
This issue can be just as difficult to treat as it is to pronounce. It is one of the most common disorders in the United States today with over 60 million people suffering from it. Issues can arise on one or both sides of the jaw, which if left untreated, can cause some major problems in your future. And though TMJ issues can be temporary, lasting for a few days or weeks and then going away, there is always a chance it will return. Other people will suffer persistent TMJ symptoms for months or years. For the people of Anchorage, AK we have a solution for you—just come see Dr. Johnson and Dr. Burke.
Dr. Johnson began his extensive training over 20 years ago, with the pioneers of TMJ treatment and the team at the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study in Florida. In addition to this training, he has completed the entire advanced training continuum at the prestigious L.D. Pankey Institute, at the time the highest level of TMJ training in the world. Striving to continually educate himself on the best treatment techniques to resolve this overwhelming health issue with his patients, Dr. Johnson has added the “neuromuscular philosophy” as taught at LVI (The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies) to his care and diagnosis to help you become predictable pain and symptom free. Now, in conjunction with all his previous knowledge, he is the only dentist in Alaska with this level of training.
TMJ (or TMD) is a very common condition and there are a few symptoms you should be aware of; if you are currently experiencing any of these, then a dental visit is definitely in order:
- Pain in the jaw, face, head, neck, shoulders and/or teeth
- Jaws that click, pop, or grind
- Restricted jaw motion or locked jaw
- Teeth that are worn
- Teeth that are sensitive to cold
- Teeth with a history of fracture, needing “crowns,” and always needing root canals
In order to determine the cause of your condition, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Burke use special x-rays, Doppler Ultrasound technology, and sophisticated K7 Computerized Muscle EKG technology to assist in accurate and speedy diagnosis of your condition. With all this experience and skills, our Anchorage TMJ dental team can get you comfortable once and for all.
TMJ Treatment for Headaches in Anchorage
For many people, the primary symptoms of TMJ are not jaw symptoms but headache. Tension headaches can be caused by TMJ because the muscles in the head partner with those in the jaw. TMJ can also be linked with migraine through irritation or overstimulation of the trigeminal nerve, known to the a key trigger point in migraine.
In order to become healthy, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Burke will start by relaxing tense muscles in the jaw so you can experience complete comfort. We use two relaxation techniques: the “NuCalm” muscle relaxation system and the K5 Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) system. Then, using removable or sometimes fixed dental appliances bonded to your teeth they will help get your teeth and bite to fit comfortably and predictably at this correct jaw position. After you are comfortable and free of pain, they will talk with you about the best long-term solution to stay that way without dental appliances. These options can include smoothing and reshaping your teeth to a harmonious position, or considering orthodontics (braces), to possibly rebuilding some or all of your worn down teeth to regain dental comfort and optimal appearance for your lifetime. Our Anchorage dentists have been getting our patients pain-free for over 20 years. See what they can do for you.
Why You Need Excellence in Dentistry
If you have any of the TMJ symptoms mentioned above, come see us at Excellence in Dentistry to avoid any further damage to your jaw muscles and joints.
Dr. Johnson and Dr. Burke have been dealing with this disorder in people for years and with their experience, can diagnose and treat TMJ disorders successfully. A very delicate and reproducible balance must occur in the chewing system for total harmony, comfort, and stability to exist. Let us correct the TMJ problem and alleviate your pain so you don’t have to suffer from TMD anymore.