Neuromuscular Dentistry

Is TMJ Causing Your Headaches?

Woman suffering from TMJ headache in Boulder June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness about a leading cause of headaches that often goes overlooked. That cause is a group of jaw joint disorders referred to as TMJ.

If you’re wondering if you’re experiencing TMJ headaches, there are some indicators that you can look for at home. Pay attention to the following signs that you should visit our dentist for a diagnostic exam:

  • You get headaches when you chew: Activities that require you to use your jaw can flare up your TMJ pain and head pain. Consider the timing of your tension or migraine headaches. Do they happen after you eat something tough, chew gum, or bite your fingernails?
  • Your teeth look worn down: There is a known relationship between bruxism and TMJ. Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, can happen while you are awake or asleep. Look for signs of wear that may signal this condition.
  • You clench your jaw when you’re stressed: Many people engage in this subconscious habit. It’s another symptom of bruxism that can contribute to TMJ and TMJ-related headaches.
  • You can’t find relief with conventional treatments: People who have TMJ headaches often suffer for months or years because their symptoms get misdiagnosed. If you feel like you’ve exhausted conventional headache treatments without success, it might be time to look to our dentist for answers.
  • You have other unexplained symptoms: Headaches are a common symptom of TMJ, but they aren’t the only one. TMJ can also cause clicking in your jaw, ringing in your ears, and upper body pain. It can even make it difficult to open and close your mouth.

I was a bit skeptical about the neuromuscular dentistry treatment for my TMJ, but it does work.” – Patient Review.

Schedule a TMJ Evaluation in Boulder

Are you ready to get to the bottom of your chronic tension headaches or migraines? Dr. Michael Adler can determine if your pain is related to problems with your jaw. He completed continuing training and education in neuromuscular dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.

Schedule an evaluation today at 303-449-1119. Adler Advanced Dentistry serves Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and nearby Colorado communities.

What Happens if TMJ is Left Untreated?

It’s important to see a neuromuscular dentist for TMJ. Left untreated, small problems with your jaw joints can have a significant impact on your wellbeing and oral health. We want to help you avoid the complications listed below so you can live life to its fullest.

untreated tmj consequences

Call 303-449-1119 today to schedule an evaluation. Adler Advanced Dentistry serves Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and nearby Colorado communities.

New Sleep appliance for snoring and Sleep apnea

Disclaimer: Adler Advanced Dentistry practices in cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry in and around Boulder, CO. Services include Invisalign, TMJ, implants, and more. This website is meant for informational purposes only. Please contact our office if you have any questions or comments regarding these services. Our Boulder dentist proudly serves patients from Denver, Longmont, Broomfield, Lafayette, Louisville, Arvada, Westminster, Golden, Fort Collins, Loveland, Thronton, and nearby areas in Colorado.This website is not intended for viewing or usage by European Union citizens.

Boulder Denver Neuromuscular Dentistry | June 2014 Newsletter

Disclaimer: Adler Advanced Dentistry practices in cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry in and around Boulder, CO. Services include Invisalign, TMJ, implants, and more. This website is meant for informational purposes only. Please contact our office if you have any questions or comments regarding these services. Our Boulder dentist proudly serves patients from Denver, Longmont, Broomfield, Lafayette, Louisville, Arvada, Westminster, Golden, Fort Collins, Loveland, Thronton, and nearby areas in Colorado.This website is not intended for viewing or usage by European Union citizens.

Why Neuromuscular Dentistry and the TENS unit

We see many neuromuscular TMJ pain and bite destruction patients at Adler Cosmetic and Family Dentistry… and a frequent question is :

Why do I need to use the TENS unit and how is it training my bite to a new position?

First let’s start with the definition of TENS. TENS is transcutaneous  electrical neural stimulation. That means when we place the TENS electrodes  on a specific  spot on the face we pass an electrical current through the skin to a nerve that controls the muscles of the jaw . These muscles begin pulsing the jaw.  When someone closes their teeth together  this sends a signal to the brain and the brain begins to understand how to bring the teeth together maximally. This may in fact be a bad bite relationship causing pain in some patients and  or tooth destruction in others.

The TENS unit begins pulsing the muscles along their normal resting length  this also begins to take the stress out of the joint. The Jaw begins to work along a consistent trajectory.  After approximately 45 minutes to an hour the jaw is consistently pulsing along what is called the neuromuscular trajectory. This is only achieved after a certain period of time. We can tell when this occurs by tracking the trajectory of the jaw. There is a little blip called the m wave which happens to be the brain or central nervous system trying to affect the trajectory. When the m wave disappears we know the patient has tensed for the sufficient period of time. When we take a bite at this position or make an orthotic a device to simulate the ideal bite this position is usually very comfortable.

Often we have also decompressed the TMJ (Joint)and eliminated clicking and popping. There is no training to this spot because it is based on the ideal muscular and joint  position. The brain will quickly begin to recognize this trajectory and close there all the time. We call this the engram or program that the brain recognizes. Sometimes the engram is good , but a misaligned bite has a bad engram. By removing the pathological engram we are able to treat complex pain and migraine headache patients. We are also able to eliminate clenching and grinding. This is truly a life changing treatment and has often eliminated a life time of suffering.

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Boulder Denver Neuromuscular Dentistry | March 2014 Newsletter

Disclaimer: Adler Advanced Dentistry practices in cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry in and around Boulder, CO. Services include Invisalign, TMJ, implants, and more. This website is meant for informational purposes only. Please contact our office if you have any questions or comments regarding these services. Our Boulder dentist proudly serves patients from Denver, Longmont, Broomfield, Lafayette, Louisville, Arvada, Westminster, Golden, Fort Collins, Loveland, Thronton, and nearby areas in Colorado.This website is not intended for viewing or usage by European Union citizens.

Neuromuscular Dentistry Testimonial Video

Disclaimer: Adler Advanced Dentistry practices in cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry in and around Boulder, CO. Services include Invisalign, TMJ, implants, and more. This website is meant for informational purposes only. Please contact our office if you have any questions or comments regarding these services. Our Boulder dentist proudly serves patients from Denver, Longmont, Broomfield, Lafayette, Louisville, Arvada, Westminster, Golden, Fort Collins, Loveland, Thronton, and nearby areas in Colorado.This website is not intended for viewing or usage by European Union citizens.

Boulder TMJ Neuromuscular Dentist Video Interview

Boulder Dentist Serving Denver, Ft. Collins & Nearby Areas in Colorado

Hear from our patient “Jake”, aspiring professional hockey player, about his treatment for severe headaches.

How To Find A Dentist in Boulder Colorado

Are you looking for a dentist in the Boulder, Colorado area? Finding and selecting just the right dentist is an important decision, whether for an individual, or for an entire family.

There may be no one universal and absolute best method for finding and selecting a new dentist in the Boulder, Colorado area, or anywhere for that matter. Still the following considerations are among some of the more important things to keep in mind and apply in your process. Observing just these few things will improve your ability to successfully match your requirements and likes with just the right Boulder dentist.

Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentist office in Boulder, Colorado

 

1) Ask family, friends, neighbors or co-workers for recommendations. Since everyone needs dental care throughout their lives, the people you know can be excellent resources in the process of finding a dentist. The opinions of those you trust will generally be much more valuable than the relatively anonymous opinions of people you don’t know (e.g., online reviews).

People you know will be motivated to help you. Simply ask “who is your dentist and what has your experience been like with them?” Asking questions like this is sure to produce valuable information.

2) Ask your family physician. If you’re moving to the Boulder, Colorado area, your current dentist may be able to make a recommendation. Healthcare professionals you already know may have contacts or belong to professional organizations that have members in the local Boulder, Colorado vicinity. Healthcare providers, and especially other dentists, are likely to have criteria for recommending a dentist that others might overlook. The American Dental Association (ADA) cites this method of finding a new dentist, among several others listed on their website.

3) Commitment to continuing education. Completing the educational and licensing requirements to become a dentist is just the start for top dentists. Participation in advanced continuing education and post-graduate training, at more than just the minimum requirement, is an indication that a dentists is committed to providing the highest levels of dental services to their patients. The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) is one well-known post-graduate educational and training organization for dentists.

4) Convenience considerations. What are the office hours? Are they convenient for your schedule? Is the office easy to get to from work or home? These criteria may not be at the top of the list in evaluating a new dentist, but depending on how tight your schedule is they may rank somewhere on the list.

While convenience is often an important consideration for people with busy schedules, keep in mind that a dentist with exceptional qualifications or important areas of specialization may merit the extra effort of going out of your way to visit. Dental patients living in the greater Boulder County area, or in nearby Denver, may opt to make the short trip to Boulder to see a dentist that practices dentistry in areas of specialization that are important for them.

5) Personal rapport and office environment. Personal rapport with a dentist and office staff is something that requires an office visit to evaluate. Passing this test might be a final step in selecting a dentist. Most dental offices offer a free initial consultation, which are ideal for this purpose.

In addition to asking the questions that are important to you, an office visit is an opportunity to evaluate the general appearance of the office. Is everything neat, clean, and orderly? Keep in mind that every dental office must abide by the current OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines for sterilization and disinfection.

Boulder Denver Colorado LVI Dentist

You may have seen the LVI Fellow logo on the home page of our website. What does it mean to you? Good question.

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Boulder Denver Colorado LVI dentist

For dental patients of Dr. Michael Adler it’s confirmation that your dentist has made a commitment to excellence in the dental profession. It also means that as a patient the highest level of dental care is available to you and any other members of your family.

Achieving excellence in the dental profession requires much more than graduating from dental school. As an LVI trained dentist, Dr. Adler has been involved in a series of intensive hands on programs that provide excellent insight and skills in advanced dental techniques and concepts.

The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI Global) is renowned worldwide for the quality of its post-graduate dentistry training. Dentists from all over the world come to LVI to continue their education and learn more about how to effectively treat their patients.

The LVI Fellow which Dr. Adler has attained is awarded to those who have completed the LVI CORE Curriculum which includes a minimum of 278 continuing dental education hours of training in advanced aesthetics, and neuromuscular science, and who has successfully completed a comprehensive examination.

Quoting from the LVI Global website:

“The LVI trained doctor understands advanced aesthetic concepts that go far beyond what is taught in dental school. In some of the courses they will spend days studying and practically applying the most current thinking in adhesive dentistry, learning how to practice optimal conservative tooth preserving dentistry and be able to use materials that are not only stronger and bonded in place better, but also happen to be aesthetic! LVI trained doctors are among the very few in the dental profession who can look at a patient’s complete health situation and very often will find the underlying cause that has been overlooked. This allows them to have remarkable success in treating conditions like migraine and chronic headaches as well as sleep disorders and a variety of other conditions.”

For additional information or to arrange an appointment or consultation with Dr. Michael Adler please call us at (303) 449-1119.

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