TMJ Treatment


TMJ Treatment by Penticton Dentist

A misaligned bite can make your life miserable. If you are living with chronic pain–migraines, headaches, neck and back pain, and other symptoms, you may need neuromuscular dental treatment, which places your bite and jaw back into the optimal position, so the pain is relieved or eliminated. Dr. Alan Singleton has experience in treating these symptoms and can work with you to develop a treatment plan that will correct your bite and alleviate pain and discomfort.


How can this be corrected?

To correct a bad or misaligned bite, which causes the jaw muscles to have to work much harder than is necessary with a proper bite (this is what causes the pain), Dr. Singleton may recommend the use of dental restorations that can precisely raise or lower areas of your bite to create a naturally comfortable position for your jaw.  In most cases, we can reposition your jaw without surgery or braces, and complete the treatment in a few short weeks.


What technologies do you use in neuromuscular dentistry?

The treatment process involves using the Myotronics K7, a sophisticated computer program to record and interpret tempromandibular joint sounds, masticory (chewing) muscle activity (EMGS) and the path of movement the jaw follows in function.  Dr. Singleton may also request specialized jaw joint x-rays, called tomographic views, to actually see the position of the jaw in a variety of resting and active positions.  The results of these tests allows us to find the most relaxed position for the jaw to create your best possible bite for comfort and appearance.


How will I look following the treatment?

We find that many patients experience a moderate to significant change in their facial appearance following completion of the treatment.  Patients with recessed lower jaws may have a new profile, accenting a stronger jaw line and chin.  Areas of the jaw that may have protruded excessively will be pulled back in alignment.  In addition, all of the restorations necessary to correct the bite will be created with consideration to the aesthetic result of the smile.  Not only will this procedure correct pain, it will give you the beautiful smile you have always dreamed about.



For Beautiful, Affordable and Local dental care in the heart of the Okanagon, contact Dr. Alan Singleton at Singleton Dental.