According to The TMJ Association, approximately 35 million Americans suffer from TMJ. The majority of those suffering are women who are in their childbearing years.
People don’t typically think they should go to the dentist when they have a headache. Unfortunately, Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorders (TMJDs) are very difficult to diagnose. They are characterized by pain in the jaw and surrounding tissues, and limitations in jaw movements, and their symptoms vary greatly.
After a patient has seen a medical doctor who has ruled out that their symptoms are not being caused by other serious health conditions, it’s important to get a dentist’s evaluation.
Dr. Jon’s knowledge in regards to bite alignment and TMJ ranks in the top five percent of all dentists. His Las Vegas Institute (LVI) training sets him apart from other dentists in the greater Sacramento, Roseville and Rocklin areas and enhances his understanding of the TMJ structure and of the treatments that have been proven to work.
Dr. Jon provides effective TMJ treatment using Neuromuscular Dentistry. This type of dentistry retrains the muscles, tissues, and nerves, and brings the jaw into alignment in its relaxed state. This allows the jaw to perform basic function (such as chewing or speaking) without straining and injuring surrounding areas. This treatment requires regular visits and can range from six months to a year, depending on the patient’s condition.
Positioning Your Bite—Orthotics
If Dr. Jon determines that your bite is causing (or contributing to) TMJ, he will work with you to find the most comfortable position for your bite. Once this position is found, Dr. Jon can adjust your bite by making a custom orthotic (bite positioner) for you to wear, which allows your jaw to rest in this most comfortable position. Oftentimes, this is enough to relieve the symptoms. If it’s decided that the comfortable position of your orthotic is the correct position for you in the long run, Dr. Jon can recommend orthodontics or porcelain bonding to improve your bite permanently, so that you don’t have to continue wearing an orthotic/bite positioner.
Technology and Neuromusclar Dentistry
Years of clinical data and research, advances in modern dentistry, and the passion of pioneers of Neuromusclar Dentistry have brought forth technology that can help clinicians like Dr. Jon effectively treat those suffering from a bad bite or Temporomandibular disorder. Dr. Jon utilizes these technologies in his office to accurately and scientifically adjust and correct misaligned bites.
Dr. Jon will be more than happy to assess your symptoms and offer treatment from his Sacramento, Roseville and Rocklin office.