Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR) Pain Therapy
Treating Head Pain, Headaches, and TMJ Disorders with Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR)
Your temporomandibular joint connects your lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull, allowing for all of the movements of your jaw. The joint is surrounded by a complex network of muscles, ligaments and nerves, including the trigeminal nerve which is responsible for most of the sensation throughout your face and head, and also controls the muscles.
When alignment and function of the temporomandibular joint get skewed, the issues are known alternately as TMJ and TMD, temporomandibular joint disorder. Causes for the disorder include trauma, tooth grinding, and malocclusion (improper bite).
No matter the cause, the symptoms of TMJ disorders can include:
- Clicking, popping, grinding noises in the jaw.
- Inability to open the jaw fully, or complete lockjaw.
- Pain and/or swelling around the jaw joint.
- Chronic headaches.
The Method for Disclusion Time Reduction
Using computer-guided technology, called a T-Scan system, we can compile data on a TMJ/TMD patient’s timed and force bites inside the mouth. As back teeth touch each other while a patient chews, eats, or grinds their teeth, opposing teeth push each other in and out of their sockets. These socket compressions go on unknown to the patient and happen thousands of times throughout the day, all the while, excessively firing the jaw muscles of the patient into a state of severe pain.
By using the T-Scan data collected, I can easily correct the time and force of occlusal problems. In most patients, many of the TMJ pain, headaches, and other head pain symptoms go away within the first week after treatment has begun!
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About H. Robert Stender DDS, Inc.
H. Robert Stender DDS, Inc. offers affordable cosmetic and laser dentistry and gentle, compassionate general dental care in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At H. Robert Stender DDS, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures, complete dental reconstruction and TMJ/Headache management. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover affordable up-to-date dentistry and a team who truly cares at H. Robert Stender DDS.