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.
Why Choose THE SCIENCE OF SMILES® for TMJ Pain and Headaches
THE SCIENCE OF SMILES® offers several types of treatments for TMJ pain, headaches, and other types of head pain including an exclusive form of therapy called Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR). DTR is proven to be much faster and more permanent than other traditional pain therapies, such as mouthguards and appliances.
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!
Accepting New Patients
Dr. Stender of THE SCIENCE OF SMILES® is one of only a handful of dentists in the country that offers this exclusive head pain treatment. New pain patients from California and across the country are being accepted right now!
If you suffer from head pain, please take a moment to learn more about DTR by watching this video of Dr. Robert Kerstein, the developer of the Disclusion Time Reduction TMJ pain therapy.