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Why Choose Exceptional Smiles by Gregory M. Solich, DDS for TMJ/TMD Therapy?

  • Specially trained in neuromuscular dentistry
  • Treatments personalized for every patient
  • Fix TMJ issues while you sleep with an occlusal splint

Diagnosis & Treatment

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A TMD can develop for many different reasons, but the most common tend to be stress, strain, an injury to the joint, or arthritis. If a patient reports or exhibits any TMD-like symptoms, Dr. Solich will perform a number of tests and scans to determine the underlying cause of the problem. As an expert in neuromuscular dentistry, he understands that pain in the jaw or head may actually be connected to stress in a different part of the body. Once he finds the source of the issue, he can recommend the appropriate treatment.

Equilibration/Occlusal Adjustments

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A misaligned bite can often be the cause of a TMD. When the teeth don’t come together properly, this prevents the muscles in and around the jaw from ever fully relaxing, which can lead to tension that quickly turns into pain. By simply reshaping a few key teeth, Dr. Solich can restore balance to the bite and help eliminate stubborn jaw pain at the same time. He usually only needs to remove a few millimeters of enamel to accomplish this, so this treatment doesn’t have any effect on the appearance of the smile.

Occlusal Splints

occlusal splints

An occlusal splint is a special kind of oral appliance that slightly adjusts the jaw into a more natural and relaxed position in order to help someone overcome TMD-related symptoms. A patient only has to wear it to bed, and it can even help with another common problem associated with TMD—nighttime teeth grinding. After a few weeks of consistent use, a patient should be able to go throughout their day without any lingering issues.

Treatment with a TENS Machine

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TENS stands for “transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation,” and while that might be a mouthful, the way the machine works is actually pretty straightforward. Small electrodes are attached to the face and jaw, and the machine sends tiny micropulses into the area. This massages the muscles, increases blood flow to the area, and flushes out inflammatory particles, all of which lessens TMJ pain. The TENS can also serve as an important diagnostic tool, helping Dr. Solich identify which muscles and ligaments in the jaw aren’t functioning properly.