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Smile Master Can Treat & Alleviate Your TMD/TMJ Pain!

Patients looking for TMD/TMJ pain relief are often well-read and have consulted many sources on the subject. We also know that you have probably gone to several TMD/TMJ “specialists” and have had little results. But here at Smile Master we take an integrated approach to treating the SOURCE of your pain. Having treated TMD patients for over 36 years, Dr. Zipkin has applied a remarkable and innovative adjunct technique to the standard set of treatment options. This approach utilizes comfortable, electrical, stimulation to the nerves, muscles and acupuncture meridians associated with this problem. This is not a TENS treatment, but utilizes pin-point trigger pain reduction. Dr. Zipkin will thoroughly explain this technique at your first evaluation visit.

We stand by our philosophy of doing “as much as is necessary and as little as possible”

Dr. Zipkin has treated other Dentists, their wives, and children.
He is referred to by Drs of Chiropractic, Neurology, Dentistry and ENT.

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Additional TMD/TMJ Info

People who grind their teeth can sometimes develop a serious problem with their jaw, which, left untreated can adversely affect the teeth, gums, and bone structures of the mouth. One of the most common jaw disorders is related to a problem with the temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull, allows your upper and lower jaw to open and close, and facilitates chewing and swallowing. People with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) often have a clicking or popping sound when opening and closing their mouths. Such disorders are often accompanied by frequent headaches, neck aches, and in some cases, tooth sensitivity.

TMD most often involves discomfort in the jaw muscles. More serious conditions involve improperly aligned joints or dislocated jaws. Extreme forms of TMD involve an arthritic condition of the jaw joint.

Some treatments for TMD include:

  • – muscle relaxants,
  • – biofeedback,
  • – wearing an appliance in the mouth during sleep,
  • – application of wet heat,
  • – acupuncture,
  • – & electrical relaxation of muscles.

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is often viewed as a harmless, though annoying habit. Some people develop bruxism from an inability to deal with stress or anxiety.

However, teeth grinding can literally transform your bite relationship, and worse, severely damage your teeth and jaws, over long periods of time.

Teeth grinding can cause abrasion to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. This abnormal wear and tear
will prematurely age and loosen your teeth and open them to problems such as hypersensitivity (from the small cracks that form, exposing your dentin.) Bruxism can also lead to chronic jaw and facial pain, as well as headaches. If no one has told you that you grind your teeth, here are a few clues:

Your jaw muscles are often sore, especially in the morning. You hear popping sounds when you open and close your mouth. You notice small dents or scalloping on the side of your tongue. Your teeth are wearing down from rubbing.

Bruxism is treatable. Therapy usually involves use of special appliances to protect the teeth while you sleep. Biofeedback, behavior modification (tongue exercises), and rebalancing your bite are other possibilities. Rebalancing can be accomplished with tooth movement (orthodontics) and reshaping the teeth for optimal fit (equilibration).