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A Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) Success Story: Rebecca from Winchester
Rebecca came to us with her right jaw locked. She told us she suffered from headaches, shoulder and neck pain, clenching, and grinding. She also experienced tingling in her fingertips. She had spent thousands of dollars on root canals and MRIs to treat dental pain, and she was in treatment with a neurologist for migraine therapy once a month. She told us her neurologist did not attribute her headaches to TMD. We ran some scans on her and quickly determined that she was in fact suffering from advanced TMD. We were able to temporarily relieve her pain and unlock her jaw through TENSing, which also helped us establish a good bite for her, that is a bite with her jaw in the proper position in to relieve the TMD. We created a temporary removable orthotic to reposition her jaw, but at that point we were unsure whether our treatment would be capable of getting the disc back on the post. If we could not accomplish that, she would have to see an oral surgeon to review further options.
The result was immediate relief. Her jaw unlocked and has remained so, and she was able to almost double the distance she was able to open her mouth (from 25mm to 42mm). Her migraines have ceased, and she is no longer afraid to open her mouth. In fact, Rebecca is so pleased with the relief she has when she wears her orthotic, she drove all the way from Winchester to have us make her a new orthotic when she lost the first one we provided. The next step for Rebecca is permanent correction of her bite through either orthodontics or porcelain work to eliminate the need for the orthotic. We are so happy to be a part of Rebecca’s recovery from TMD.