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TMJ Therapy – Fresno, CA

In Pain?
We Can Help!

Woman in need of T M J therapy holding jaw in pain

You can feel your temporomandibular joints (or TMJs) by placing your fingers right in front of your ears and opening your mouth. These key joints play a very important role in that they anchor your lower jaw to the rest of your skull and allow it to perform the movements necessary for speaking and eating. However, even a small amount of stress can end up throwing off the balance of your TMJs, leading for a very painful disorder. If you keep waking up with jaw pain every day, call us to schedule a consultation; if Dr. Reintjes finds evidence that you’re suffering from a TMJ disorder, he can help you find a solution, so you can get back to enjoying life free of discomfort thanks to TMJ therapy in Fresno, CA.

Why Choose the Fresno Family Dental Office of Byron L. Reintjes, DDS for TMJ Therapy?

  • State-of-the-Art Technology
  • Customized Occlusal Splints
  • High Quality Customer Service

Diagnosis & Treatment

Dentist reviewing digital x-rays during T M Jdiagnosis and treatment planning

A clicking, popping, or painful jaw isn’t normal or just another side effect of getting older. If you experience these symptoms of TMD, seeking a professional opinion is important for receiving the treatment you need right away. Dr. Reintjes will talk to you about your symptoms, examine your bite, and perform additional diagnostic procedures to determine the cause of your discomfort. If it is TMD, that’s actually good news — getting a proper diagnosis is a big step in the right direction.

Equilibration / Occlusal Adjustments

Model of jaw and skull bone to plan occlusal adjustment

One of the most common causes of TMD is a misaligned bite. When your upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly, the jaw joints incur stress every time you open and close your mouth. Improving the alignment of the bite through equilibration or occlusal adjustments can help your upper and lower jaw function smoothly, which can greatly reduce your jaw pain. Treatment may include adjusting tooth enamel or even removing teeth to achieve a properly aligned bite.

Occlusal Splints

Hand holding an acclusal splint

If equilibration or occlusal adjustments are not the ideal treatment for a misaligned bite, occlusal splints can reposition the jaw joints to ensure they work smoothly when you open and close your mouth. Most occlusal splints are worn at night while you sleep, gradually repositioning the alignment of your jaw over time. The splints can also cushion the tooth enamel to protect it from nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching that often occurs alongside TMD.

TENS Treatment

TENS treatment system

Dr. Reintjes may also use the TENS machine to ease the discomfort caused by TMD while also reducing the activity that causes the muscles in the jaw to clench and be tense in the first place. The TENS machine sends tiny electrical pulses directly beneath the skin (don’t worry — it doesn’t hurt at all) to the muscles that cause discomfort due to contraction. It’s like a self-massage for your jaw, providing you with serious relief from TMD-related pain.