TMJ

Christina P. Mason, DDS, Inc.

General Dentists & TMJ Specialists located in Clayton, CA

If you’re bothered by jaw pain, headaches, or locking when you open or close your mouth, you may have a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. For relief, get treatment at Christina P. Mason, DDS, Inc., located in Clayton, California. Dr. Clayton is the first dentist in California to become certified in DTR (disclusion time reduction), an innovative, high-tech diagnostic system that helps your team determine the source of your pain and the right treatment more quickly and accurately than any other. To experience the difference, book your initial consultation at Christina P. Mason, DDS, Inc. online or over the phone today.

TMJ Q & A

What are TMJ disorders?

TMJ disorders are disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which you can find in front of your ears on each side of your head. The TMJ connects your jawbone to your skull, and acts like a sliding hinge.

TMJ disorders present symptoms like:

  • Jaw tenderness or pain
  • Aching pain in and/or around your ear
  • Facial aching
  • Pain while chewing
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Pain in one or both TMJs
  • Locking of the joint when you move your jaw
  • Trouble opening or closing your mouth
  • Chronic headaches

If you have a TMJ disorder, you may also notice that when you open your mouth or chew, you hear a clicking sound or experience a grating sensation.

Typically, you can treat TMJ disorders with over-the-counter or prescription medications, muscle relaxants, or physical therapy. Sometimes, you can find relief with bite correction from Invisalign®.

Where can I find relief for TMJ disorders?

If TMJ disorder symptoms are limiting your movement, or ability to talk or eat without pain, you can often find relief with conservative treatments.

Your Christina P. Mason, DDS, Inc. team begins your treatment journey with an initial consultation, after which they perform diagnostics.

Christina P. Mason, DDS, Inc, is the first dental office in California to become certified in disclusion time reduction (DTR) therapy, a revolutionary new technique that allows your team to pinpoint the source of your pain and then treat it.

To begin DTR therapy, your team uses its in-office T-Scan™ Occlusal Analysis System. The T-Scan system allows them to see in 2D and 3D how your bite moves, its force, and timing, and identify problems like:

  • Hyperactive muscles
  • Breakage
  • Overly engaged points of contact during bite cycle

In conjunction with this technology, Dr. Mason performs electromyography (EMG), which is a diagnostic procedure that uses electrodes to record the electrical signals between your motor neurons and muscles. Motor neurons are those nerve cells that control muscle movement.

EMG tests allow your team to definitively identify muscle dysfunction, nerve dysfunction, or dysfunction of nerve and muscle communication.

Christina P. Mason, DDS, Inc. can complete this process during one visit, but the team prefers to space it out over two visits. 

If you’re ready to get rid of your TMJ disorder pain, schedule a consultation at Christina P. Mason, DDS, Inc. online or over the phone today.