TMJ/TMD Treatment at D’Ascoli Orthodontics

Your Experienced TMJ/TMD Specialist in Reno, NV

Dr. D’Ascoli has been providing treatment for TMD/TMJ in Reno, NV and surrounding area for over 30 years, relieving patients of pain and helping them live normal, happy lives. His approach exhausts every non-invasive protocol before recommending surgery and his practice achieves success in over 78% of patient cases. Contact D’Ascoli Orthodontics for a consultation with our experienced Reno, NV orthodontist!

Advanced TMD/TMJ Diagnosis and Treatment at Your Reno, NV Orthodontics Office

Dr. D’Ascoli uses advanced techniques such as T-Scan BiteForce Dynamics, laser muscle therapy, and cone-beam CAT scans to properly diagnose and treat patients. He has been certified for use of T-Scan bite analysis specifically for over 25 years. Currently, D’Ascoli Orthodontics makes ardent use of the new TruDenta process which allows the practice to provide TMD/TMJ treatment at a reasonable cost.

During the consultation, Dr. D’Ascoli will thoroughly examine the patient’s occlusion, jaw joints, associated muscles, and medical history. D’Ascoli Orthodontics will then provide a comprehensive plan for treatment based upon your Reno orthodontist’s analysis, which may or may not require regular visits to the practice. Duration of treatment can be anywhere from 3 months to 2 years depending on the severity of the issue. All patients normally require a retainer following the completion of treatment.

Temporomandibular Disorder

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as severe, recurring headaches. In some cases, this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder, also known as TMD.

Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement.

Symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain in the jaw area
  • Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
  • Frequent headaches or neck aches
  • Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw area
  • A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
  • Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth

If you notice that you are experiencing any of these symptoms, let your doctor know at your next appointment. Your doctor can help determine if you have TMD and create a customized treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms.

Not all jaw pain is associated with TMD.

If you feel that you might have TMD, it is always important to see your dentist and receive an exam. However, not all jaw pain is associated with TMD, and if you do not have TMD there are many different preventive steps you can take to maintain a healthy, strong smile.

  • Relax your face — “Lips together, teeth apart”
  • Avoid grinding your teeth
  • Avoid all gum chewing
  • Don’t cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder — either use a headset or hold the receiver to your ear
  • Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
  • Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand
  • Practice good posture — keep your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared

Many people get TMD without ever having braces. Symptoms usually wax and wane regardless of whether braces are worn. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above and are concerned that you’re a candidate for TMD treatment, please contact our office for a consultation.