TMJ/TMD Mayofacial Pain & Bite Disorders

Dr. Cove and Dr. Cove Kehoe have received extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of disorders that involve the bite and problems of the joints and muscles of the jaws. They both have studied at the Pankey Institute which considers healthy bite relationships a priority before all other dentistry. They also maintain active study at the Dawson Institute, whose mission is to develop talent in understanding bite relationships, alleviating the symptoms of poor bites, and the significance of a proper bite on the teeth, joints and muscles of the head and neck.

The Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex moving parts of the human body. Its function is dictated by joint shape and health, the disk, many muscles of the bite, the shape of the teeth, and the nervous system that controls motion as they come together and move past one another. If any part of this system does not coordinate with the others, patients can experience a wide variety of problems classified as Temporo-Mandibular Disorders (TMD).

Common problems include:

  • Clenching
  • Grinding Habits (Bruxism)
  • Popping Joints
  • Locking Jaws
  • Sore Facial Muscles
  • Sore Joints
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Loss of Sleep
  • Neck Soreness
  • Worn Teeth
  • Loose Teeth
  • Sensitivity
  • Gum Recession
  • Cracking Teeth
  • Tooth Fracture
  • Bone Loss
  • Uneven Jaw Opening

TMD is often mistaken for other illnesses including sinus problems, ear infections, and stress headaches among others. It is often treated to relieve symptoms with little long-term affect on the cause by the medical community. A physician’s recommendation of see your dentist is sometimes not enough. A dentist well trained in the diagnosis and treatment of TMD and myofacial pain (pain of facial muscles) is typically the first and best place a patient should go. TMD is often a gray area between medical and dental insurance reimbursement, however treatment is often affordable and even considered a value to those who suffer. Dr. Cove and Dr. Cove Kehoe utilizes appliance therapy, conservative tooth reshaping called equilibration, and sometimes dental restoration to stabilize many conditions. They sometimes use physical therapy as an adjunct and in severe and rare disorders of the joint refers to a surgeon if the joint is severely damaged. They rarely have to use medicine to find relief for their patients, by treating the cause rather than the symptoms.