What is it?
TMJ is a disorder of the temporomandibular joint that connects your upper and lower jaw. When this joint is injured or damaged, it can cause a cycle of pain and spasms that can disrupt your ability to function normally.
There are a variety of causes that can contribute to the development of TMJ syndrome. They include: injury to your teeth or jaw, misalignment of your teeth or jaw, teeth grinding, bad posture, stress, arthritis, and chewing gum.
-Pain in your face and/or neck.
-Worn down teeth.
-Clicking and popping of your jaw joint.
-Trouble opening and closing your mouth.
-Ringing in your ears.
Although there’s no recognized dental specialty in TMJ, the dentists at Burba Dental have been treating TMJ for over 40 years. In particular, Dr. Stanley Burba has some impressive credentials and education.
Dr. Burba studied at the Dawson Academy in Florida. Founded by Dr. Peter Dawson, this continuing education academy for dentists focuses on TMJ therapy.
He also took several classes from another well-respected TMJ expert named Dr. Frank Spear, a prosthodontist who runs a training institute in Seattle.
Finally, both Dr. Stanley Burba and Dr. Randall Burba have taken further courses on TMJ treatment, including from the PAC Live Institute and other experts.
Finding a dentist who will treat TMJ disorder is sometimes difficult because it’s so complex and requires highly specialized skills and equipment. The first thing that needs to be determined is exactly what’s wrong and what’s causing your pain.
At Burba Dental, we have a special machine called the T-Scan Occlusal Analysis System by Tekscan. This system uses a highly sophisticated piece of diagnostic equipment, the T-Scan sensor. You bite down on the T-scan sensor and the computer will analyze your bite data and display it graphically. This data is extremely helpful in determining the cause of your problem. We’ll use this information to help diagnose you and set up your treatment plan.
Your treatment is usually done in two phases. During phase one we’ll focus on getting you out of pain. We’ll accomplish this by using moist heat, pain medications, and/or a temporary orthotic.
Phase two is centered on a long-term solution, and treatment varies from person to person. Sometimes we’ll use a long-term orthotic to move a displaced disc into its correct position. Other times, we may need to do some dental work such as implants, crowns, or bridges to restore your bite to normal. In the most severe cases, we’ll need to fully reconstruct your mouth.
Schedule a Consultation
It’s important to remember that everyone’s case is unique. If you think you might be suffering from TMJ disorder, schedule an appointment. We’ll get you on the road to recovery right away. If you have any further questions about if and how we can help you, please schedule a complimentary consultation to ask those questions before you commit to a full examination.
Dr. Randall Burba is an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry accredited dentist, practicing in Salem, Massachusetts. He considers himself an artist–with teeth and beyond! He often paints, draws and has a passion for woodworking.