Entertaining and Educational. A Puppet’s Explanation of TMD

TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) occurs when the jaw is displaced or misaligned. If you regularly experience pain during basic facial movements like chewing, speaking and even smiling, you could have TMD. This is often referred to as TMJ.

A misalignment in the jaw joint affects the muscles, tendons and nerves of your back, neck and shoulders as well as your face, causing painful symptoms that can be felt throughout your entire body.

Dr. Nadler uses the TENS and K-7 units to determine what is occurring with your jaw’s alignment and muscles connected to the jaw. Once diagnosed, a proper orthotic appliance will be created for you to reposition the jaw to a comfortable position and to relax muscles which are in spasm.

The K-7 evaluation system assesses problems in the function and alignment of the jaw joint and bite.

The TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation) unit delivers tiny electrical impulses to the muscles responsible for jaw movement and relaxes them. In less than an hour the relaxed jaw finds its ideal positioning.

The next step is a full diagnosis of the problem with the K-7 evaluation system, which records proper alignment of the jaw. The K-7 can also assist in diagnosing if the patient’s jaw joint is damaged.

If the information gathered shows that the patient has improper jaw alignment, Dr. Nadler will recommend a course of therapy for correction.

If you suffer from any of the above symptoms and would like to schedule an appointment and exam, please call us at (908) 359-6655 or click here to request an appointment online.

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