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TMJ Treatment.

Jacksonville dentist, Dr. Kanehl, specializes in the treatment of TMJ with advanced dental techniques.

Do you experience any of the following TMJ symptoms?

  • Headaches?
  • Facial pain?
  • Worn, chipping or cracked teeth?
  • Cracking or chipping dental restorations?
  • Neck and shoulder pain?
  • Jaw pain?
  • Ear congestion?
  • Ringing in the ears?
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw?
  • Clenching or bruxism?
  • Limited opening of the mouth?
  • Loose teeth?

Contact us today to schedule a FREE TMJ dental consultation.

All of the above symptoms indicate TMJ, a potential lack of harmony between the joint, muscles, and nerves, and should be treated. When the harmony of the teeth, the facial muscles, and the TMJ no longer exists, TMJ Dysfunction arises. By finding the optimal position for the jaw, we eliminate the pain, protect the natural dentition from destructive forces and optimize the longevity of the restorations in the mouth.

TMJ Specialist

Dr. Bruce Kanehl was the first Jacksonville, Florida dentist back in 1984 to give a lecture to the local dental society on the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ Dysfunction. He is Jacksonville's leading dentist in the treatment of TMJ. His success in treating patients who suffer TMJ Dysfunction is through his knowledge in occlusion (or treatment of the bite). He finds the optimal position for the jaw and teeth by designing a special splint that is worn by the patient to get relief from pain. During the period of healing, which could last 3 to 6 months, the teeth and the jaw come into harmony. Following this splint therapy, an occlusion needs to be established in harmony with the Temporomandibular Joints. This is commonly treated through a bite adjustment, crowns and bridges, and/or orthodontics.

TMJ Terminology

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD, TMJD) is an umbrella term covering pain and dysfunction of the muscles of mastication (the muscles that move the jaw) and the temporomandibular joints (the joints which connect the mandible to the skull).

Bruxism is an oral parafunctional activity where there is excessive clenching and grinding of the teeth. It can occur during sleep or whilst awake

Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no corresponding external sound is present

Malocclusion is where the teeth do not meet together properly

Mandible, lower jaw or jawbone is the largest, strongest and lowest bone in the human facial skeleton.[2] It forms the lower jaw and holds the lower teeth in place.

The maxilla (plural: maxillae /mækˈsɪliː/)[2] in vertebrates is the upper fixed (not fixed in Neopterygii) bone of the jaw formed from the fusion of two maxillary bones

Neuromuscular disease is any disease affecting the peripheral nervous system (PNS),[a] the neuromuscular junction, or skeletal muscle, all of which are components of the motor unit.[4] Damage to any of these structures can cause muscle atrophy and weakness.

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder. In this condition, pressure on sensitive points in your muscles (trigger points) causes pain in the muscle and sometimes in seemingly unrelated parts of your body