TMJ dysfunction can be very sneaky, often mistakenly blamed on other problems such as stress or muscle strain. Many TMJ pain patients have complaints such as poor posture, neck pain, fullness in their ears, ringing ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, clenching, bruxing, and a sore jaw. TMJ dysfunction can also lead to bad headaches or even migraines. The joint doesn’t always have to click or make noise to be dysfunctional, in fact sometimes it isn’t even the joint itself but rather the muscles around the joint.
Dr. Snyder is a leading practitioner in the field of TMJ therapy and neuromuscular dentistry. She is highly trained and the ideal professional to make an accurate diagnosis. (You can see in her biography she too suffered from TMJ dysfunction, and has spent her career looking for the best solutions for herself and her patients). Patients often say Dr. Snyder was their last hope for relief thanks to nonsurgical, completely customized treatments designed to meet individual needs.
This state-of-the-art technology and unparalleled professional knowledge combine to give you the best TMJ treatment imaginable. We utilize many techniques to find the best solution for afflicted patients including K7 Myotronics using Jaw Tracking, EMG measuring, TENS to relax the muscles, Sonography to see where the joint is having issues, and orthotics or orthodontic appliances to allow the jaw to stabilize in a more muscle-happy position. Dr. Snyder is very attentive and forward thinking in her approach to TMJ care.
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If your disc has been displaced, it may be the result of stretched or torn ligaments. If the damage is recent (acute) Dr. Snyder may be successful with short-term splint therapy. Once the joint is healed, patients are weaned off the splint. If the damage has been there longer or is chronic, the therapy may start with a splint to attain comfort but require orthodontics or restorations to better sustain the joint position.
If your muscles are the issue, pulling on the joint and causing pain, the treatment will include getting them calmed and figuring out what the trigger is to eliminate the cause.
Either way, the first and most important component in TMJ therapy is getting the diagnosis correct and that is just one of Dr. Snyder’s areas of expertise.