Patients in Southern California who are looking for a treatment for TMJ pain without the use of night guards have a new alternative. It’s called Disclusion Time Reduction — or DTR. And it’s offered right here at Pasadena Pain Management!
Developed by Boston-based prosthodontist, Dr. Robert Kerstein and practiced exclusively by a handful of dentists across the country, DTR uses computer-guided analysis to diagnose TMJ problems and pinpoint a solution.
Why Traditional Night Guards for TMJ Pain Don’t Work
For years, mouth guards and oral appliances have been used as a standard treatment for TMJ or TMD pain. A mouth guard sits between teeth to stop them from touching. This often helped TMJ pain, as long as the patients used their mouth guards. Once the guard is removed, however, the TMJ Pain symptoms would occur again. Mouth guards were helpful because they lessened pain by blocking the teeth from touching each other — but only provided temporary relief.
No Guessing Games
With a DTR TMJ treatment, dentists use a T-Scan system that can see all tooth contact minute Time and Force Occlusal problems.
Why is this important?
Because Dr. Kerstein’s research has repeatedly shown that these minute Time and Force Occlusal Problems “fire” a patient’s nervous system and jaw muscles through the very tooth sockets the back teeth sit in. As back teeth touch each other while a patient chews, eats, or grinds their teeth, opposing teeth push each other in and out of their sockets. These socket compressions go on unknown to the patient and happen thousands of times through the day, all the while, excessively firing the jaw muscles of a into a state of chronic TMJ Pain.
T-Scan data allows a dentist to know exactly what is wrong with the time and force issues, the bite balance, and the tooth contact forces within a TMJ pain patient’s entire mouth. By using this information and correcting these problems with computer-guidance, many of the TMJ pain symptoms go away within the first week after treatment has begun.
What Exactly is Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR)?
DTR TMJ treatment uses state of the art computer analysis of a patient’s bite to assess how long a patient’s back teeth are engaged in chewing or grinding function. If this time factor is prolonged, back teeth can create very high levels of muscle contractions in a patient’s jaw, face, head, and neck. These contractions are the main cause of symptoms like:
- facial pain
- tired jaws
- grinding of the teeth during sleep
- frequent headaches and migraines
- neck spasm
By shortening the engagement time to under .5 seconds (hence the name Disclusion Time Reduction) through a variety of dental procedures, these muscle contractions are effectively reduced. Treatment time is usually 1-3 months, with a lasting effect for years in most cases.
If you suffer from chronic jaw pain or a TMJ pain disorder — contact us to see if you are a candidate for DTR.
TMJ Treatment in Pasadena and Southern California
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.