Neuromuscular Dentistry & TMJ Treatment
Dr. Nadler has advanced training and extensive experience in the treatment of TMJ problems
TMJ (TemporoMandibular Joint) problems can cause various symptoms, such as migraine-like headache, earaches, jaw pain and more. Neuromuscular dentistry addresses the nerves, muscles and the correct positioning of the jaw. Neuromuscular dentists are trained especially to assess the condition and deliver physiologic occlusion treatment for TMD, and can relieve these symptoms, often permanently.
Dr. Nadler is highly trained in neuromuscular dentistry, having studied at the Las Vegas Institute and L.D. Pankey Institute. He has been practicing neuromuscular dentistry since 2003 and continues to stay current with continuing education.
What is Neuromuscular Dentistry & TMJ?
Your teeth, jaw joint, head muscles and nerves all work together. When there is evidence of improper jaw alignment, you may have a condition called TMJ Disorder, or TMD.
TMD occurs when the jaw joint is displaced or misaligned. A misalignment in the jaw joint affects the muscles, tendons and nerves of your back, neck and shoulders, causing painful symptoms that can be felt throughout your entire body.
Neuromuscular dentistry addresses the nerves, muscles and the correct positioning of the jaw, and Neuromuscular dentists are trained especially to assess the condition and deliver a treatment for TMD.
Common symptoms of TMJ disorder:
- Jaw pain
- Migraine-like headaches
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Clicking, locking or popping of the jaw
- Uneven bite, clenching and grinding
- Ringing in your ears, earaches
- Vertigo or dizziness
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities
Treatment of TMJ disorder
Dr. Nadler use the most advanced technology to diagnose your TMJ symptoms
Dr. Nadler uses both the TENS and K-7 units to determine what is occurring with your jaw’s alignment.
The TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation) unit delivers tiny electrical impulses to the muscles responsible for jaw movement and relaxes them. In less than an hour the relaxed jaw joints find their ideal position.
The next step is a full diagnosis of the problem with the K-7 evaluation system, which records proper alignment of the jaw. The K-7 can also assist in diagnosing if the patient’s jaw joint is damaged.
Following the diagnosis of an improper jaw alignment, Dr. Nadler will begin an oral therapy by creating a custom oral appliance to hold your jaw in proper alignment.