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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) can create a wide range of symptoms across a collection of interdependent systems connected to the jaw joint, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Thus, TMD sufferers come to us with chronic neck pain, jaw pain, and migraines. Sometimes symptoms can also include ear pain, back and shoulder pain, and more. With such a long list of symptoms, TMD can be difficult to diagnose.

These complications frequently involve an underdeveloped jaw. A jaw that does not meet its growth potential leads to malocclusion or misalignment of the bite. Poor dental alignment leads to added stress on the surrounding systems, most notably the TMJ. Due to the joint’s centralized location to other major structures of the head and neck, stress here is carried over into nearby bones, teeth, muscles, and nerves.

Additionally, TMD may be brought on by the general wear and tear of everyday life. These causes include but are not limited to:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Back and neck pain
  • Poor posture (forward head posture)
  • Blocked airway leading to sleep apnea complications
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Dislocation of the articular disc present between the mandible and glenoid fossa
  • Rheumatoid or osteoarthritis of the TMJ

To thoroughly address the complex issues TMD and orthodontic cases present, our practice has a team of providers in-house for orthopedics, myofunctional therapy, frenum releases, craniosacral/craniomanipulation/muscle work and total skeletal alignment including better breathing.

TMD Symptoms

TMD casts a wide net. Its impact can be felt on a variety of bodily systems and can have mild to severe consequences depending on the systems affected. From migraines to sleep apnea, TMD’s effects can shake the foundation of daily life. Some symptoms commonly associated with TMD include:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Back and neck pain
  • Poor posture (forward head posture)
  • Blocked airway leading to sleep apnea complications
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tired or sore muscles
  • Generalized anxiety or irritability
  • Limited jaw movement or clicking, locking, or popping
  • Difficulty chewing or jaw or facial pain

TMD Treatment

The study of temporomandibular joint disorders has more than 40 years of research and development into the causes of TMD and problems associated with the temporomandibular joint, making it possible to effectively treat them.

If you are suffering from TMD, Park City dentist Dr. Peterson has extensive experience in treatment. Our in-house team of providers offers complete solutions including orthopedics, myofunctional therapy, frenum releases, craniosacral/craniomanipulation/muscle work and total skeletal alignment including better breathing to support TMG treatment.

Utilizing face forward dentistry’s methodology, Dr. Peterson treats TMD by targeting one of the root causes of its symptoms, malocclusion. A well-balanced bite is key for establishing a sound foundation to build your smile.

Face Forward treatments practiced by Dr. Peterson include:

  • Bite analysis – Dr. Peterson provides an analysis of each patient’s unique bite alignment through symptom analysis, jaw tracking, digital force analysis, and electromyography (EMG), and cone beam 3-D imaging, to inform future treatment options.
  • Custom bite repositioning – Through the use of individual joint analysis, and Osseo-Restoration Appliance (ORA), a patient’s dental alignment can be guided in a direction more in line with a healthy bite.
  • Facial growth – Growth appliances work by applying gentle pressure on the nasopalatine nerve which stimulates growth in your upper jaw and allows your lower jaw to move forward as well. This makes room for crowded teeth and begins the process of reconstructing your bite.
  • Bite reconstruction – Providing implants for people with missing teeth is also crucial to fulfilling their bite potential. The presence of empty space in the bite is detrimental to the ideal bite balance.

Additional pain-relieving treatments may also be utilized in conjunction with face forward dentistry.

  • Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) – LLLT is a low-intensity light therapy that triggers biochemical changes in cells to reduce pain and inflammation while also promoting healing.
  • SphenoCath (sphenopalatine ganglion, or SPG nerve block) – SphenoCath treatment consists of using an image guidance device to apply medication to the bundle of nerves (SPG) in the back of the nasal cavity.
  • Trigger point injections – An injection of an anesthetic is given directly into the trigger point of a painful area of muscle tissue.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications – The prescribing of anti-inflammatory medications has also been observed to aid in TMD-related pain management in the short-term but is not viewed as a long-term solution.

Dr. Peterson’s individual recommendation for your TMD treatment will be based on your unique oral health issues, the set of symptoms you display, and the level of pain you regularly experience.


Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Peterson

If you believe you may be suffering from TMD or another neuromuscular dentistry disorder, please contact our Park City TMD dentistry office today to schedule a consultation or initial exam. Dr. Peterson serves patients in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah.

You can also fill out our personalized questionnaire with this link: Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) Questionnaire

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