The temporomandibular joint is the hinge-like area of your mouth where your jaw meets your skull. Misalignment or disease of this joint is known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and can cause occlusion problems and other symptoms. If you suffer from any of the following problems, Dr. Chincheck recommends having a TMJ consultation:
- Pain in the facial muscles
- Soreness in your jaw
- Clicking or Popping when moving your jaw
- Neck/Shoulder pain
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Difficulty opening/closing your jaw
Many of the symptoms of TMJ are indicative of other medical conditions, such as disc and neck issues, as well as ear complications. Often times, patients seek relief from other medical professionals first. Because of this, TMJ disorder can go undiagnosed. You need the experience and assistance of a specially trained dentist to recognize TMJ and help you get relief.
Dr. Chincheck focuses her efforts around the Equilibration of your jaw, which leads to bite balancing, as well as joint stability. With TMD affecting the joints in your jaw, Dr. Chincheck is finding the “balance” in several areas: how your jaw fits together when closed, how your teeth come together, and how your jaw muscles relax in this position. This optimum fit, when found, helps bring relief to the symptoms of TMD/TMJ.
Dr. Chincheck has trained at the prestigious Pankey Institute, where she continues her research into TMJ-related dental complications by teaching courses on integrating occlusal and bite splint therapy into everyday practice. She has extensive post-doctorate training on occlusion and TMJ treatment, so you know you’re in the best care possible in Timonium.
“I have the best dentist in the world!” -Suzanne (after Dr. Chincheck found her proper Equilibration!)
“I’m mildly embarrassed to say, I’m genuinely excited about my new mouthguard. Who knew dental appliances could be such a thrill? My old one was an in-elegant chunk of plastic that kept my mouth open all night and left my jaw sore in the morning. The new one is a work of art.” – Ed
The idea of centric relation is that there is one specific position for your jaw which will align the muscles, nerves, and joints, allowing each to work together in a way that is most comfortable for you. The centric relation position can be found on any patient, no matter what condition your teeth are in. In most cases, centric relation is determined to be the most anterior and superior position of the jaw, though we’ll ensure we’ve found the ideal positioning just right for you. Centric relation alleviates pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorder.
We want to provide relief. Dr. Chincheck’s advanced training allows her to recognize TMJ disorder and provide appropriate therapy to stop the negative effects. She may recommend a bite splint – a hard acrylic oral appliance custom fit to your mouth – which will reduce stress on your joint and reduce muscle tension and pain. You’ll finally feel true comfort, as wearing the splint aligns your jaw to the centric relation position.
Some of our patients experience diminished headaches and relief in just a matter of days after TMJ therapy from Dr. Chincheck. Achieve a balance of comfort and functionality. Contact us today for a consultation.