Stop Pain at the Source
Do you suffer from chronic jaw pain or find it uncomfortable to open and close your mouth? Are you living with headaches, migraines, or a sore neck? If so, you may have a TMJ disorder affecting your temporomandibular joint or joints, which connect your skull with the sides of your face. Whether you already have a TMJ diagnosis or are still seeking answers, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Ryan Oakley is trained in treating TMJ problems with T-Scan technology and DTR therapy.
What is a TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorders are chronic pain conditions that affect between 5-12% of Americans. Unlike other chronic pain conditions, it is more prevalent among younger people, but can occur at any age. Limited jaw function can be caused by any number of factors, including:
- History of past injury
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Misaligned bite
Regardless of the cause, different symptoms present themselves, often flaring up when there is added strain or stress on the TMJ joint.
TMJ Disorder Symptoms Include:
- Jaw pain, tenderness, and/or swelling
- Chronic headaches and/or migraines
- Clicking and popping sound when mouth opens and closes
- Jaw locks in open and/or closed position
- Pain and stiffness while chewing
- Head, neck, shoulder, and/or back pain
- Facial pain
- Grinding or clenching the teeth
- Ear pain or ringing in the ears
- Speech problems
- Tooth sensitivity
TMJ Treatment with DTR Therapy
There are many different treatments for TMJ disorders, but Dr. Oakley is especially interested in methods that do not involve surgery or prescription medication, particularly Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR) Therapy. This specialized procedure uses a T-scan digital occlusal analysis tool along with electromyography (EMG) to evaluate the health of muscles and nerve cells controlling the muscles as well as the occlusal forces related to muscle activity. Timing, balance, and impact between teeth while chewing are all analyzed carefully to identify exactly how muscles move during bite cycles. Dr. Oakley uses these findings to create customized guide adjustment treatments that modify any movements that lead to hyperactive muscles, relieving TMJ symptoms while also improving the function of the TMJ joint.
Dr. Oakley will create a customized treatment plan to meet your needs.