The Facts about TMD, Headaches, & Neuromuscular Dentistry
- 60 Million – The number of Americans affected by TMD and headaches
- 4 Billion – Average amount of money Americans spend yearly on TMD treatment
- 24 Billion - Average amount of money Americans spend yearly on headache treatment
- 57 Million – The numbers of work days missed by people calling in sick due to headaches
- Women are 4 times more likely to develop headaches than men.
-From the National Institute of Dental and Crainiofacial Research
What can I expect from my first visit?
You can expect attentive care backed by years of advanced training and utilizing some of today’s most advanced tools. During your appointment, Dr. Sutter will spend between one and a half to two hours collecting information about your smile so he can make the most accurate diagnosis possible. Then, once we have a full understanding of your needs, we will talk to you about the most relevant treatment options for you. We can also answer any questions you might have about what we recommend.
What Is TMD?
TMD stands for temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and it affects the small joints that connect your lower jaw with your skull. Symptoms of TMD include:
- Frequent headaches/migraines
- Pain in your neck, back, and shoulders
- Jaw popping/clicking
- Limited movement
Is there more than one type of TMD?
Yes, there are. Specifically, there are three different types of TMD. Most types involve myofascial pain and are caused by the muscles that control jaw function. The second type involves the dislocation of the jaw or the displacement of a disc, resulting in internal derangement. The last type is caused by inflammation associated with arthritis.
How is TMD Treated?
We offer a wide range of treatment options, including Disclusion Time Reduction therapy. This new, revolutionary service allows us to provide long-lasting treatment for TMD without the need for an oral appliance or pain medication.
Do you accept insurance?
We are happy to accept and file an insurance claim for all of our patients. Unfortunately both medical and dental insurances offer very little coverage if any. It is best to plan on this being an out-of-pocket expense and anything that insurance pays is great. We also accept a wide range of payment options, including :