Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD or TMJ) | Shakopee, MN

TMJ in shakopee, mnDo you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines? Do your neck muscles or shoulders often feel tight? Do you have pain behind your eyes or discomfort in your jaw? Do you have ringing or buzzing in your ears? Do you suffer from episodes of vertigo? Do you grind your teeth at night? These may be signs that you are suffering from temporomandibular joint disorders.

What is TMD?

TMD Symptoms

  • Headaches including migraines
  • Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw, neck and shoulders
  • Pain in or around the ear when jaw movements occur
  • Limited ability to open mouth
  • Jaws that “lock” in the open or closed position
  • Clicking, popping or grinding sounds in the jaw joint
  • Teeth that do not align properly
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Numbness in the fingertips
  • Dizziness or Vertigo

Neuromuscular Dentistry:

Neuromuscular dentistry is the science that evaluates how your muscles, teeth and joints all work together. It involves relaxing the muscles of the head and neck to position the jaw into a physiologically balanced and functionally comfortable position. With the latest science and technology, we can determine if the muscles, nerves and jaw are in fact in harmony. When the system is not in balance, the results usually manifest in the body as headaches, neck pain, ringing in the ears, etc. When teeth, muscles and joints are in harmony, symptoms associated with TMJ dysfunction can be alleviated.

As part of TMD treatment, we use specialized equipment that will relax the muscles of the jaw, face and neck. We then use a specialized computer to record your jaw’s optimal physiologically balanced alignment. We then create a plan customized to your needs in order to align the jaw and teeth (bite) and eliminate TMD related pain.

Our goal is to improve your quality of life by reducing your pain. To find out more on how the professionals at O’Brien Dental Care can help, schedule a consultation today.

Did you know that 70% of people who suffer from TMD also have an undiagnosed Sleep Breathing Disorder? Click here to find out more.