Dr. Jody O’Brien was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota and performed her undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities Campus.
1221 East 4th Ave Suite 180
Shakopee, MN 55379
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BITE ANALYSIS / TMJ TREATMENT
Neuromuscular Dentistry (NMD for Bit Analysis & TMJ Treatment
O’Brien Dental Care is pleased to offer Neuromuscular Dentistry (NMD), a highly focused field of dentistry. We are able to provide our patients with the most effective technology for the complete diagnosis and treatment of “bite” dysfunction. NMD evaluated how your muscles, teeth, bite, and joints all work together, in order to achieve an optimal occlusion (“bite”). If the “bite” is off, it can lead to many problems from excessive teeth wear to severe pain, including “TMJ”. Having a correct “bite” is the foundation of oral health care.
It is of key importance in the success of every major dental procedure to have the bite analyzed and corrected. In addition, NMD is often used on intensive cosmetic cases to analyze optimum jaw and bite position. In our opinion it is crucial that NMD is readily available to any patient that undergoes a smile makeover.
To evaluate the “bite” or if there is a TMJ Syndrome problem, our practice uses a device (see photos), that completely relaxes specific facial muscles. Once the muscles are relaxed, we are able to compare your usual bite with the relaxed jaw position. We can then determine whether your bite should be adjusted.
Below are a few of the more common symptoms that may possibly be associated with your bite. If you suffer from one or more of the following, you may wish to be evaluated to rule in or rule out malocclusion (bad bite) as a cause.
• TMJ Pain- Jaw pain, especially when chewing
• TMJ Noise- Clicking noises when eating
• Jaw is locking (when open or closed)
• Limited Jaw Opening
• Jaw clenching
• Teeth grinding
• Facial Pain
• Ear Pain
• Neck, shoulder or back pain
• Difficulty Swallowing
• Sensitive teeth, unexplained loose, cracked, worn or chipped teeth