TMJ Therapy

Dr. Shabnam is best known for treating TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) Dysfunction. Many people suffer from TMD, the painful symptoms often including migraine headaches, neck and shoulder pain, ear symptoms, limited opening of the mouth, locking of the jaw and even poor posture.
As an expert Neuromuscular Dentist, Dr. Shabnam can confidently assess and treat the symptoms of TMD at a sub-clinical level, non-surgically. Dr. Shabnam is also able to successfully restore a patient’s ‘bite’ to the natural rested position, thereby providing much needed relief from the pain of living with TMD.
Cosmetic Dentistry is much more successful when performed with a Neuromuscular procedure that re-aligns the jaw thus protecting any porcelain restorations from breakage.

Furthermore, we often discover that many TMJ patients also have Sleep Apnea. When we treat their sleep apnea with an oral appliance, we often completely eliminate the TMJ symptoms as well as the accompanying snoring.

TMJ, also called temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
TMD is a condition that causes much pain and it relates to your bite, the positioning of your jaw, and the muscles that move your jaw. It can be caused by grinding and clenching your teeth over a long enough time period, or by an injury, or by a defective bite.
When your muscles move the jaw inappropriately, many symptoms can result, such as:
Headaches, often migraines
Clenching or grinding of your teeth
Pain, clicking and popping in joints
Shoulder, neck, and back pain
Pain and sensitivity in your teeth
Numbness in your arms and fingers
Difficulty with swallowing
Facial pain
Ringing or congestion in the ears
Loose teeth
Receding gums
Crowded teeth
Chipped, cracked or worn teeth or fillings

TMD can chronically destroy one or both joints culminating into dire and debilitating situations that can impair your lifestyle partially or completely permanently.