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TMJ Treatment

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), also known as TMD, is a condition that originates in the jaw joint but can have wide-ranging implications. The most common symptoms of TMJ include jaw pain, headaches, and damage to dental restorations. Additionally, some patients may experience related symptoms such as neck pain, back pain, tinnitus, and more. As professionals, we understand the gravity of this disorder and its impact on our patients’ quality of life.

If you have consulted with your healthcare provider or chiropractor regarding these symptoms and have not experienced lasting relief, it is possible that TMJ disorder is the root cause. For a professional TMJ evaluation, please contact Nicolas A. Ravon, DDS, MSD by either phone (559) 298-4700 or email.

Occlusal Splint Appliance Therapy

Dr. Ravon utilizes the most up-to-date TMD appliance technologies to carefully assess and effectively address your symptoms, as dental science continues to make progress.

Kois Deprogrammer

The Kois Deprogrammer is a removable dental appliance that aids in evaluating your bite for TMJ disorder. Its purpose is to prevent your teeth from affecting the position of your jaw during the bite motion, thereby enabling your jaw to move naturally and comfortably.

After thoroughly relaxing your jaw, Nicolas A. Ravon, DDS, MSD will analyze the resulting motion in order to present you with professional treatment options for achieving and maintaining a natural and comfortable bite.

Night Guard (Occlusal Splint for TMJ)

A professional occlusal splint is a precisely manufactured dental appliance that can be customized to fit securely over either the upper or lower teeth. This flexible splint allows a dentist to easily control and optimize the placement of both the teeth and jaw muscles with precise adjustments. By using an accurately adjusted occlusal splint, you can reduce tension in your temporomandibular joint, help prevent grinding, and alleviate pain.

Tooth Reshaping

Misaligned teeth may result in jaw pain, but tooth reshaping (dental contouring) can offer a swift, effortless, and pain-free solution. Dental contouring is ideal for minor adjustments, such as modifying tooth length, shape, or position, and can even be a substitute for minor orthodontic procedures in certain cases.

Occlusal Analysis For TMJ

A healthy occlusion is the optimal balance between your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and your teeth, functioning seamlessly. Proper alignment of your teeth as well as correct movement of your jaw are essential in achieving this balance. Interruption in this jaw-to-tooth correlation may cause discomfort and pain.

To establish a healthy and accurate bite, it is crucial to evaluate and adjust jaw function as needed. This requires the utilization of orthotics and other cutting-edge technologies to precisely identify anatomically correct function for your unique facial structure.

After proper jaw movement is established, the alignment and contour of the teeth are adjusted to attain a bite that is comfortable, stress-free, and crucially, devoid of pain.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

For patients suffering from persistent jaw discomfort due to TMJ/TMD, full mouth reconstructive dentistry may be the optimal treatment option.

The procedure commences with evaluating and, if necessary, rectifying the structure and functionality of the jaw. This entails utilizing state-of-the-art technologies and orthotics to clinically ascertain the correct anatomical function of the jaw for your distinctive facial structure.

After establishing proper jaw motion, adjustments are made to the teeth to support this movement. Proper alignment and structure of the teeth, in conjunction with correct jaw movement, results in a pain-free and comfortable experience.

Do You Suffer from TMJ?

If you experience TMJ symptoms, seeking professional diagnosis and treatment is crucial for a quick and effective resolution. Don’t suffer in silence – schedule an evaluation with Nicolas A. Ravon, DDS, MSD today.

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