Neuromuscular Dentistry

Why Your Jaw Hurts After You Exercise

Athlete at the top of the mountain doing workout You work out to feel good. So it can be very frustrating to experience a flare-up of jaw pain when you exercise. Turns out, there are a few different reasons why your jaw might feel uncomfortable or tight. Some of them are issues that our Boulder dentist can treat.

Problems With Your Jaw Joints

Your jawbone and skull are connected by the temporomandibular joints on each side of your head. When there’s a problem with these joints, you may experience pain in them and the surrounding muscles. Exercising doesn’t cause TMJ or TMD. However, if you’re clenching your teeth or using improper form while working up a sweat, you could aggravate any existing issues.

Dr. Michael Adler is an experienced neuromuscular dentist who can help relieve your TMJ pain. He uses treatments such as TENS therapy, trigger point injections, and orthotic devices. 

Tooth Infections and Wear

Imagine that you’re running or skiing on a cold winter morning and you suck in a breath. The frigid air stings one or more of your teeth. This sensitive reaction can happen if you have a dental problem, such as a cavity, tooth infection, acute tooth injury, or worn-down tooth enamel.  

Some of these dental issues can also cause pain when clenching your jaws together during exercise. Make a conscious effort to keep your face relaxed and neutral while working out.

Other Habits and Conditions

Jaw pain can sometimes be a symptom of a serious cardiovascular problem. The pain usually comes on with exercise but subsides with rest. See a physician if you suspect a cardiac issue.

Another cause of jaw pain during physical activity is poor posture. For example, running in a forward-head position can expose your neck muscles to increased tension that radiates to the jaw. 

Schedule a Consultation Today

Dr. Michael Adler can determine if your pain is related to a dental or jaw issue. He trained 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.

BioPAK: A New Way to Diagnose and Treat TMD

Man having dental treatment for TMJ in Boulder Our neuromuscular dentist knows the latest technology can give patients the best experience. That is why we are excited to get our hands on an innovative new diagnostic tool called BioPAK. Not only does it help our team identify the signs of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), but it also allows us to find the most appropriate and personalized treatment for various painful conditions.

What is BioPAK?

BioPAK is a complete diagnostic system that measures the function of the jaw and the activity of its surrounding muscles. It features several different devices, such as:

  • BioEMG III™: Evaluates the effectiveness of craniofacial muscles. 
  • JT-3D™: Analyzes the precise movements and positions of the jaw.
  • M-Scan™: Compares muscle symmetry and offers quick feedback.

What Issues Can BioPAK Diagnose?

Sometimes tooth pain isn’t tooth pain at all. It can be related to various muscle or nerve issues. Finding relief begins with a clear and accurate diagnosis. The BioPAK technology can detect:

  • Temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Sleep apnea
  • Craniofacial pain 

As a versatile diagnostic system, BioPAK can also be used to evaluate patients undergoing restorative, orthodontic, denture, implant, and occlusal reconstruction dental work. The data given to us by this technology allows us to make decisions and measure treatment results. 

This system also has preventative benefits. In some cases, it can identify potential problems before symptoms appear, proactively guiding the treatment planning process. The result is a healthy, functional, and comfortable smile!

Schedule a Consultation in Boulder

If you are dealing with issues like facial and jaw pain, headaches, or loud snoring, you may have an underlying disorder related to your jaw or jaw muscles. A diagnosis is the first step toward finding relief and improving your quality of life. Call 303-449-1119 today to schedule an appointment. Adler Advanced Dentistry serves Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and nearby Colorado communities.

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

We just started using a new sleep appliance called MicroO2 with great success. This appliance seems to be much more comfortable than the Somnomed appliance. We have stopped significant snoring and improved oxygenation almost immediately, even in very severe cases. The appliance also does not constrict the tongue space- a common problem with other sleep appliances. When we call our patients after a few days of wear they are amazed with the results. We use a neuromuscular bite as the starting point for the appliance. This allows a much more comfortable jaw position. There is a greater than 70% overlap between TMD and sleep apnea so by combining neuromuscular dentistry techniques into the design of the appliance makes sense. We begin to treat both problems at the same time and find this to be integral to success. I will post some pictures and some sleep studies showing how the appliance works.

Boulder Denver Neuromuscular Dentistry | June 2014 Newsletter

Greetings,

To all our patients we saw at the Bolder Boulder thanks for stopping by. A write up about our recent race day experience appears below.
An explanatory article about neuromuscular dentistry and the TENS unit is included this month. It’s an area of dentistry that we specialize in. Neuromuscular dentistry is an effective treatment for complex pain and migraine symptoms among other conditions.

Our special offer for Invisalign “invisible braces” teeth straightening continues. If you have an interest in improving your smile with Invisalign please see the offer below and contact us for more information.

Our best!

Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Boulder Center for Advanced Dentistry

(303) 449-1119

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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

Greetings!

Many of us can occasionally benefit from help to manage priorities at work. This month’s feature article, “5 Tips to Manage Office Priorities” includes some ideas to consider. We hope you’ll find at least one of the tips to be helpful.

Neuromuscular dentistry can be the key to treating a number of the bothersome or even painful symptoms listed below. Links to a recent case study and additional information are included for reference.

Our best!

Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

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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.

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