March 2010 Archives

Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (TENS)

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJ) is a neuromuscular disorder that occurs when your jawbone and skull are out of alignment. This condition creates discomfort in your jaw muscles and can lead to headaches, neck and shoulder pain and popping or clicking in your jaw.

One way to treat TMJ is to find your jaw's most relaxed position. When your jaw can fully relax, this can help relieve muscle tension and ease your symptoms.

Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (TENS) is a machine that relaxes your jaw muscles with low-frequency stimulation. By causing your muscles to contract and relax in a pumping manner, the TENS machine helps improve mobility, relieve stiffness and alleviate pain.

This non-invasive treatment works through the application of electrode patches to the areas of discomfort. Then the low-amplitude current will run from the machine through these patches to the area that is causing you pain. The stimulation also produces a heat that further helps relieve your symptoms.

This neuromuscular machine is a non-invasive technique used to relax hyperactive muscles with low-amplitude, low frequency, intermittent stimulation. This stimulation causes your muscles to contract and relax in a pumping manner, similar to a massage.

The TENS also monitors your jaw functions in different positions, such as resting, chewing and opening. These results can be used to determine a treatment plan for your TMJ.

If you are suffering from TMJ and you live in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, Exceptional Dentistry can help alleviate your pain. Nevada cosmetic dentist Dr. Laurie Bloch can recommend the treatment that is right for you, so that you can go on living your life comfortably. Please contact our Nevada cosmetic dentistry practice today to schedule a consultation.

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