Innovative, Effective TMJ Treatment

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Patients suffering from temporomandibular disorders (TMD) can turn to The Van Zyl Center for Advanced Dentistry for help. Dr. Van Zyl will evaluate the patient's temporomandibular joint (TMJ) with a K7 machine. After looking closely at the findings from this machine, Dr. Van Zyl will create a customized TMJ treatment plan for the patient, designed to help alleviate their painful symptoms.

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TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder can occur when the joints on either side of the jaw are subjected to prolonged and excessive strain. This condition can result in many uncomfortable symptoms like headaches, or face and neck pain. An estimated 20 to 30% of the adult population is affected to some degree by TMJ disorder, but many sufferers are not aware of the source of their discomfort. Dr. Ettienne van Zyl offers innovative TMJ treatment at his Memphis-area practice. Dr. van Zyl has the experience, technology and compassion to help you overcome TMJ disorder. If you suffer with TMJ, or think you might, contact us today to learn how we can restore your bite and improve your quality of life.

What is TMJ Disorder?

If your upper and lower jaws do not meet properly, your TMJs  must overcompensate to create balance, leading to a variety of problems. Some symptoms of TMJ disorder include headache, migraine, chronic face and neck pain, tooth sensitivity, dizziness, clenching or grinding of teeth, limited jaw movement, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), or clicking or popping noises in the jaw. These diverse symptoms can lead to other health problems and further affect your quality of life. For example, chronic pain and headaches can affect concentration and impair job performance. Migraine sufferers are also three times more likely to suffer from clinical depression.

The First Treatment Step: Accurate Diagnosis

Woman touching jaw like she is in painTreatment for TMJ disorder begins with an accurate diagnosis. Dr. van Zyl has several advanced tools to determine if you are suffering from TMJ disorder. An evaluation includes:

  • Posture examination
  • Skull and head motion evaluation
  • Radiographic TMJ evaluation
  • K7 analysis of jaw movement (this high-tech tool is similar to an EKG, tracking muscle movement)
  • Muscle palpitation to detect inflammation in the head, neck, and shoulders

With these diagnostic tools and his vast experience, Dr. van Zyl can determine if you are suffering from TMJ disorder, and develop a treatment plan to provide you with the relief you deserve.

Short-term and Long-term Treatment

After you are diagnosed with TMJ disorder, Dr. van Zyl will use a variety of methods to reduce your symptoms while correcting underlying bite problems. His Transcutaneous Electrical Neural stimulation (TENS) device emits a painless electrical current that gently massages the jaw so it will relax. In order to maintain this relaxed state, the patient will be given an orthotic splint to help stabilize the bite and relieve tension. This orthotic splint is tailored for each patient using information gathered during the diagnostic, positioning the jaw to rest in the most neutral neuro-physiological position. To maintain this optimal position over the long-term, additional treatments may be recommended, including a permanent orthotic splint, bite reconstruction with dental crowns, orthodontics, or coronoplasty (the reshaping of teeth that negatively impact the bite).

Contact Us Today To Learn More

Dr. van Zyle understands the pain and frustration TMJ disorder causes. Contact us today to learn how our expertise in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorder can provide you with relief.

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