TMD & TMJ Therapy Learning Center


Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), also known as TMD, causes many symptoms that can range from a dull throb to severe pain to discomfort. For some patients, their TMJ has advanced so far that they cannot open their mouths wide enough to chew or bite. TMJ can be easily and painlessly determined using a state-of-the-art electrical muscle stimulator or Tensing unit and a sophisticated piece of equipment called the Myotronics K7. We have put together the information in this Learning Center to help you decide on your next steps to relief from these symptoms. Give our office a call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hart.

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome) or TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) involve the temporomandibular (TM) joints. The TM joints are located on each side of your head and enable you to speak, chew and yawn. They work with the muscles, ligaments, discs and bones in your face to help you carry out everyday functions.

  • Headaches or migraines.
  • Pain or soreness around the jaw joints.
  • Neck, shoulder, facial or back pain.
  • Numbness in your fingers and arms.
  • Congestion or stuffiness of the ears.
  • Worn, chipped or cracked teeth and restorations.
  • Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joints.

Dr. Hart will will conduct a thorough examination to determine the best form of relief for your TMJ symptoms. There are many ways to correct an out of balance bite. He may create a removable orthotic to gently reposition your teeth. Dr. Hart can also precisely alter the shape of your teeth using a procedure called coronoplasty. Additionally, Dr. Hart and his trained staff may create dental restorations to raise or lower areas of your jaw into a more natural position. In most cases, your bite can be repositioned without surgery or braces.

Following treatment with Dr. Hart to correct TMJ, most patients experience a significant lessening to a complete cessation of symptoms. Imagine living headache free after enduring the pain for years! And as an added bonus, most patients also report positive aesthetic results – some are even asked if they’ve had a facelift.

The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) connects the jawbone to the skull and works like a moving hinge. When this connection is out of place or dysfunctions, it can lead to a lot of pain and discomfort. This results in TMD and treatment can be given to get your joint functioning properly again.

Symptoms include jaw discomfort, clicking jaw, head pain, neck pain, difficulty chewing and locking jaw. If you experience signs of TMD, it’s easy to get checked out to see what you can do to get relief!

Treatment of TMD includes medication, physical therapy and use of a bite guard. Your dentist can determine the best treatment to help with your symptoms.

Many things including injury, arthritis, genetics, bruxism, as well as other things are risk factors that can lead to TMD.

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“Dr. Hart has been my doctor for the past seven years or so and he has been the best dentist I’ve seen. He listens to the symptoms that you provide and then thinks about the level of detail and possible causes and triggers. It never fails to amaze me about how much they do when trying to assist their patients. He spends real time listening and evaluating before trying to explain what he thinks should happen. I appreciate that he follows up with documented reasons why he picks a particular solution. The staff are wonderful about finding a time that will fit a busy schedule.”

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