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TMJ Treatment
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Holistic TMJ Treatment at Greenberg Orthodontics

Dr. Greenberg is a holistic, neuro-muscular, non-invasive orthodontist who believes in the “less is best” approach to treatment. Dr. Greenberg firmly believes in treating the patient’s whole body and not just their teeth. Her goal is to “equilibrate the bite to equilibrate the body”.

We strive to deliver the best TMJ Treatment Pasadena has to offer. With the understanding that each patient is different and presents with their own unique set of symptoms and lifestyle, the most important thing to do is to arrive at a proper diagnosis in order to determine the best treatment plan.

What is TMJ?

The acronym TMJ stands for temporomandibular joints, which are the “hinges” on both sides of your head, where your lower jaw connects to the temporal bone in your skull, which allow you to open and close your mouth.

The temporomandibular joints are complex and delicate; they are the only ones in your body that both rotate and slide and the only ones that have to work together. Your temporomandibular joints are also the busiest, working all day as you speak, yawn, laugh, sing or eat. If you grind your teeth, they also work all night! It’s no wonder that they may deteriorate.

Problems with your jaw joints and the muscles in your head, face, neck, and shoulders associated with their function are known as temporomandibular disorders or TMD.

What Causes TMJ Disorders?

There are many reasons you may have pain in your jaw. Sometimes it is temporary, while other times it becomes chronic and begins to affect you on a daily basis. A situational TMJ disorder might include a stressful work period during which you excessively grind or clench your teeth, which can cause inflammation in your joint.

Many other times, TMJ disorders cause chronic pain that can become permanent without treatment. This can be caused by several reasons, including an unstable bite, arthritis, cartilage recession, a misaligned jaw, or clenching or grinding your teeth at night (known as sleep bruxism).

This Is How We Treat TMJ Disorders

Release and Settle Therapy™

We offer surgical-case results with non-surgical treatment using our “Release and Settle Therapy™” for TMJ dysfunction. This procedure works well for athletes and singers as it improves the airway.

The “Release Therapy™” is designed to alleviate pain within the first few weeks of treatment by releasing your lower jaw.

The “Settle Therapy” is designed to settle your bite into a more comfortable and natural position.

For more severe, chronic TMJ pain, we also combine our “Release and Settle Therapy™” with our SmileLase Therapy to release your fascia, frenum, and muscular attachments so that you can enjoy a greater quality of life.

SmileLase Therapy

The specific goal of SmileLase Therapy is to relieve the pain caused by TMD (TMJ disorder).

We can achieve this relief by releasing the fascia, frenum, and the various muscle attachments of the face and mouth. One of the primary goals of this therapy is healing and reestablishing the various neurological pathways (the connective pathways between the body and brain) that were previously diminished or damaged as a result of force and trauma. .

SmileLase Therapy can aid in releasing tissue by enhancing cellular movement, blood flow, and lymphatic drainage.

Dr. Darick Nordstrom pioneered this technique with the singular goal of increasing the quality of life of his patients.

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How long does it take to treat a TMJ disorder?

The length of treatment time depends on its severity and the type of treatment that you choose to have for it.

While you may stop feeling symptoms a few weeks after beginning TMJ treatment, it may actually take much longer than that for the underlying cause to heal. Make sure to speak with Dr. Greenberg about what you expect during your specific treatment.

If you are struggling with jaw pain, please do not suffer another day! Dr. Vickie Greenberg uses her 30 years of specialization in holistic, neuro-muscular, non-invasive orthodontics, her compassion for care, and industry-leading technology to determine the best possible treatment plan for your health and well-being.

Please call our office today to schedule a consultation and get you back to being as healthy and pain-free as possible!


Is there a natural way I can treat TMJ until I see the dentist?

Absolutely. There are many different ways you can try to ease your pain. For example, you can eat soft foods, avoid chewing gum, avoid using your front teeth to bite, avoid opening your mouth more than a couple of inches, and use both sides of your mouth to chew. You should also use cold or warm compresses (depending on your type of pain) up to five times a day on your jaw. You can also gently massage your jaw to alleviate pressure as needed during your day.

How long does it take to correct a TMJ disorder?

The length of time to correct your disorder depends on its severity and the type of treatment you end up having for it. While you may stop feeling symptoms a few weeks after beginning treatment, it may actually take much longer than that for the underlying cause to heal. Make sure to talk to Dr. Greenberg about what you can expect during your specific treatment.

How much does it cost to get treatment for TMJ disorder (TMD)?

The price for your treatment will depend on the duration, method and scope of the treatment required to obtain the best results. Some only require a handful of visits while others may take much longer. Your treatment type will be chosen based on the cause of your TMJ disorder and how severe it is. Make sure to ask about our easy, no-interest or financing charges, payment plans or alternate forms of financing during your complimentary consultation.

Greenberg Orthodontics & TMJ not only offers specialized care, but you can also first see if it’s the right choice for you by booking your FREE consultation. We offer these free consultations to get to know you and help ease your or your child’s fears about what it means to have ongoing dental treatments and how that can improve your overall quality of life.

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