TMJ InformatioN

NEW! Myotronics J5 Myo-monitor

  • Ultra-Low Frequency Electrical Muscle Stimulator
  • Relax muscles and establish a physiologic occlusion
  • Take occlusal registrations
  • Take denture impressions
  • Treat TMJ dysfunction and associated pain
  • Relieve symptoms associated with muscle spasm
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If you suffer from:

  • Headaches
  • Unexplained loose teeth
  • Worn, chipped, or cracked teeth
  • Cracking, chipping, or breaking dental restorations
  • Pain or soreness around the jaw joints
  • Pain in teeth that seems to move around
  • Neck, shoulder, or back pain
  • Facial pain
  • Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joints
  • Limited movement or locking jaw
  • Numbness in yours fingers and arms
  • Congestion or stuffiness of the ears
  • Dizziness/vertigo

We may be able to help you. The Las Vegas Institute (LVI), the world leader in dental education, has trained Dr. Hay in occlusion and neuromuscular dentistry.

Neuromuscular dentistry is the science of using the relaxed position of the muscles of the head and neck to place the jaw into an optimal physiologic position. Thirty years of research and clinical experience have shown this technique to be effective in treating patients with various forms of head and neck pain. It also id used in finding the optimal position before restorative dentistry and greatly increases the longevity of restorations and natural dentition.

Many suffer from myofacial pain dysfunction (MPD) and are not sure of the nature of their condition or how to solve it. You may have heard other terms that describe this condition such as TMJ (tempromandibular joint) syndrome, craniomandibular dysfunction (CMD), or tempromandibular joint disorder (TMD). The underlying conditions that cause these signs and symptoms are structural, biochemical, and emotional. The structural problem is almost always present and leads to over activation of the jaw, head, and neck. Over a period of time, it can lead to pain, tension, and spasms.

Tempromandibular joint disorder, myofacial pain dysfunction, and tempromandibular joint syndrome are chronic illnesses that affect forty million people at any time. There are many people who have no pain but still have occlusal disease. Worn, chipped, or broken teeth; broken fillings, changing position or shape of smile are all indications that can benefit from treatment.

To correct TMD, the jaw is brought back into a muscularly balanced position. We use low frequency transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation to relax the muscles of the head and neck. This also allows us to determine a muscularly oriented jaw-to-skull relationship. TENS is also used to relieve pain caused from spasm and tension by releasing endorphins, the body’s own natural painkillers. We also use the TENS to close the jaw in a position that is compatible with the relaxed muscles.

These instruments have been used in medicine for years and are FDA approved. They are now being used in dentistry. The data collected, x-rays, and exam findings are analyzed by Dr. Hay to diagnose the problem. An individualized and precise treatment plan is developed that most often leads to improvement or elimination of the pain.

As a chronic degenerative disease, it often takes years to develop TMD. With new techniques and the objective computerized data, we have been able to help many that have been previously unable to find relief.

The NTI Tension Suppression System

By preventing the nocturnal parafunctional occluding of the canine and molar teeth (which is required to generate significant muscle contraction intensity and jaw joint strain), the NTI-tss device prevents and reduces the muscular triggering component of migraine, chronic headache and jaw disorders. Worn primarily only during sleep, the daytime masticatory stimulation of the dentition prevents any adverse tooth movement supraeruption.

While the Standard NTI-tss device can be worn indefinitely (while sleeping), the NTI-tss Daytime Device is recommended for the migraine sufferer (in addition to the use of the Standard Device) for 4 to 8 weeks during waking hours (but still impossible to use while eating, thereby preventing supraeruption). The Daytime Device takes advantage of the naturally protective nociceptive trigeminal inhibition reflex which suppress the powerful temporalis muscles. It is the protective reflex experienced when biting down, expecting something soft, but encountering something hard.

  • 44 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic clenching and grinding
  • 23 million Americans suffer from migraine pain